The plastic bag will be charged to Turkish Lira ($ 0.046) in 2019, according to the Minister of Environment and Urbanization
Turkey's Environment and Urbanization Minister said on Wednesday that it will begin filling up plastic bags in 2019 in a battle against increased sea pollution.
Murata Institution said Anadara's editorial desk in Anadara's Anadara will charge 0,25 Turkish liras ($ 0,046) in plastic bags in 2019.
Kurum said that the regulation is intended to reduce the use of plastic bags, whose average annual usage is 440 bags per Turkish person.
"By charging plastic bags, we will strive to reduce from 440 to 90 in 2019 and to 40 in 2025," he said.
Referring to the data that the number of plastic garbage in the sea in 2050 is estimated to exceed the number of fishes, Kurum said this new regulation also aims at the prevention of this disease.
The minister also said it aims to increase the use of alternatives to plastic bags such as cotton tote bags, string bags and paper bags.
The institute will co-operate with other agencies and will be fined for violations, he added.
Also referring to the sea pollution in the western part of the Mombu Foca and the northwestern part of Kocaeli Province, Kurum used 25 million Turkish Lira ($ 46 million) , Criminal punishment was taken against the company said.
He added that fines for companies and shipping companies that cause seawater pollution will increase by up to five times to prevent more pollution affecting the beaches.
"We own 460 Blue Flag certified beaches and we are the third in the world and we will increase this number," he said.
Blue Flag is an eco-friendly label awarded by the Environmental Education Foundation (FEE) to beaches, marinas and sustainable boat tourism operators.