Plastic bags to be banned on Turkish Aegean island
ÇANAKKALE - Doğan News Agency (DHA) | 5/16/2011 12:00:00 AM |
Plastic bags will be banned as of June 5 on one of Turkey's two Aegean islands because of the damage they do to the environment, said Bozcaada Mayor Mustafa Mutay.
Plastic bags will be banned as of June 5 on one of Turkey’s two Aegean islands because of the damage they do to the environment, said Bozcaada Mayor Mustafa Mutay.
The island, part of Çanakkale province, will make the change in conjunction with World Environment Day, marked globally June 5.
According to Mutay, plastic bags used by both the public and retailers cause pollution and threaten the environment as they biodegrade very slowly, the Doğan news agency reported.
Bozcaada will prohibit the use of plastic bags as of June 5 in order to eliminate their environmental threat, the mayor said, explaining the decision was made April 6 by the municipality board.
“We will sell cotton bags and sacks, available in different shapes, which we bought from the Nature Protection Association, at very low prices to the [island’s] retailers,” Mutay said. The mayor explained that this benefit the association while allowing retailers to buy low-cost bags.
The municipality has prepared 2,000 fabric bags to start the project, Mutay said, adding, “We will distribute information flyers about the project to peoples’ homes.”