Turkey’s ruling AKP proposes bill to curb use of plastic bags

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Tuesday proposed a bill to Parliament to impose a fee for plastic bags in line with a global phase-out for the environmental damage the bags cause, independent news site T24 reported.

The new environmental bill proposed to Turkish Parliament, among others, asks that supermarkets charge 25 kuruş (less than 1 US cent) per plastic bag and bicycle paths become mandatory, AKP Group Deputy Chair Mehmet Muş told members of the press.

In another proposal to Parliament, the AKP asked that customers facing legal action due to outstanding telephone, electricity and natural gas bills are given online access to follow the process, Muş noted.

Governments all over the world are taking action to ban the sale of lightweight bags, charge for lightweight bags or generate taxes from the stores which sell them to customers.