Turkey is the biggest landfill for European waste
It is well known that Turkey is considered valuable to the European Union as it is home to millions of Syrian refugees, even though the Syrians have become refugees because Turkey sponsored terrorist organizations like Al-Nusra and Daesh.
It is also known that good relations with Ankara are necessary due to the important trade and economic transactions that several EU countries have with it – mainly Germany and Italy – but also the exposure of a number from European banks to the Turkish market.
But there is something else that may not be as well known and that makes Turkey more necessary for Europeans: It exports large amounts of European waste, more than any other country.
According to official Eurostat data, EU member states exported 13.7 million tonnes of waste to Turkey last year – three times more than in 2004.
It is worth noting that exports to the second largest country, India, reached only 2.9 million tonnes in 2020.
It should be noted that most of the waste exported by the EU (53% according to Eurostat) is iron ore (scrap).
In total, the quantities that went to other countries last year were 17.4 million tonnes, with Turkey receiving 11.8 million.
Second, waste paper, the total amount exported in 2020 reaching 6.1 million tons.
Of these, Turkey absorbed 15%, while most went to India (26%) and Indonesia (20%).
Based on available data, much of the imported plastics are deposited in the natural environment or incinerated, as is the case in Adana.
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