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Plastic Bottles Trash - Turkish Kurdistan (Eastern Turkey)

On the side of a road, some poor people were sorting the plastic bottles from the rest of the trash in a landfill, for recycling.­

Plastic bottles (especially mineral water bottles) are evil.­ Please drink tap water (or purified /­ filtered tap water if needed).­

Sale of plastic bottles should not be permitted in countries that do not recycle plastic trash.­

And in countries where plastic trash is recycled, there should be a tax on plastic bottles, used to finance recycling and to encourage people to bring their plastic trash to recycling centers where they would get that tax back.­ This is the case in many states in the US, and a lot of unemployed people make money by scavenging plastic trash and bringing it to recycling centers, where they get paid for the trash they bring.­ As a result, there is much less plastic trash in the environment.­

One example is the California CRV: en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­California_­Redemption_­Value.

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Photos of Turkey (the country).­

The problem is that "industrial development" brings plastic bottles and plastic containers in country that do not have any trash collection system, let along recycling.­

Most people in developing countries are used to throwing garbage anywhere because in the past, most garbage was compostable, so it was ok.­ But now garbage is mostly made of plastic, and people still do the same, the throw it away anywhere.­ there are no trash bins in cities, and very few cities have trash collection.­ Sometimes people pile-up trash and burn it, which is not good either when the trash contains lots of plastic.­

My feeling is that corporations should be banned from selling plastic containers and plastic bags in countries that do not have trash collection and plastic recycling.­ In those countries, those corporations should subsidize plastic recycling and fund education programs if they want to sell their plastic junk.­

But that requires political will and most local people are quite poor and they would not want to pay more for plastic stuff in order to fund its recycling.­