Recycling in North Cyprus

So far I have found only one place where you can recycle.

At the Şah Marketplace  at the back of the supermarket (have a look at the pictures below)

Map location

They recycle plastic, paper and metal and in the shop you can find recycling bin for a batteries.

 

I live quite far from this marketplace so what I do I collect my items for recycling and when I have enough I take it there.

Recycling is a good option but the better option is to try to avoid producing plastic as much as you can.

I believe when I don’t produce plastic rubbish I don’t need to deal with it. Simple as that.

 

How I try to produce less plastic waste.

😊When I go shopping I carry with me my own shopping bags and also cloth produce bags which I use for purchasing fruit, veggies, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, bulgur and so on.

😊Because I have my own I don’t take the plastic bags which they offer and this way I produce less plastic waste.

😊I also try to buy a food which is packaged in glass jars e.g. tahini, vinegar, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, tomato pure and so on.

😊Very good way how to eliminate a plastic waste is to cook from scratch if you can.

😊I know some of the food is packaged in a plastic so in this case I go for the biggest packaging available.

😊I do my shopping at Barış Park fruit & veggie market.

 

Why we should reduce our plastic waste

🌿EVERY PIECE OF PLASTIC THAT HAS BEEN CREATED IS STILL ON THE EARTH TODAY.

🌿PLASTIC ONLY “DEGRADES” WHICH MEANS IT BREAKS DOWN INTO SMALLER PIECES BUT NEVER DISAPPEARS. – It is well known that plastic does not degrade spontaneously, however, when continuously exposed to salts-rich marine waters, light radiations from the sun plastic breaks down into microplastics, an aerosol of particles smaller than 1 millimetres floating on superficial waters and generating a marine equivalent of smog. According to the United Nations as many as 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy – litter our seas. (waste-management-world.com)

🌿EVERY STRAW OR WATER BOTTLE WE HAVE CONSUMED IS STILL HERE. IT WON’T GO AWAY.

WHERE IS AWAY, ANYWAY?

🌿Global plastic production has topped 300 million per year and this figure is expected to double in the next twenty years. This level of growth, from practically nothing in 1950 is alarming. (waste-management-world.com)

🌿According to the United Nations as many as 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy – litter our seas. These particles act as magnets for the pollution already in the oceans, such as the chemicals that used to be used in insecticides and industrial equipment, DDT and PCBs respectively. These particles are ingested by plankton, then by fish, then by us if we eat fish. (waste-management-world.com)

🌿It takes 500 to 1,000 years for plastic to break down in landfills. But how do we know, if it’s only been around for half a century?
The truth is that we don’t know. 👉When first-hand evidence is not available, scientists often use respirometry tests to estimate long-term decomposition rate. A solid waste sample is placed into an aerated vessel with microbe-rich compost for several days. During this period the microorganisms assimilate the sample and produce carbon dioxide, the level of which serves as an indicator of the amount of degradation. However, WHEN SCIENTISTS TEST PLASTICS NOTHING HAPPENS. NO CO2 IS PRODUCED, MEANING THAT IT DOESN’T UNDERGO DECOMPOSITION. WASTE TRANSFORMING MICROORGANISMS WON’T TOUCH PET & OTHER PETROLEUM-BASED PLASTICS, SO THEY OBVIOUSLY DON’T DEGRADE THE SAME WAY AS ORGANIC MATERIALS, such as WOOD or FOOD SCRAPS.
The 500 year estimate or 1000 year lifetime cited in news sources and spread by social media is another way of saying ‘an EXTREMELY LONG TIME’, CLOSE TO ‘NEVER’. (waste2wear.com)

🌿Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46 000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

🌿At least 10% of the 100 million tons of plastic we use every year end up in the oceans. This is equivalent to the weight of 700 billion plastic bottles. Put on top of each other these bottles would reach further than the sun. 👉Ocean currents have created several gigantic “plastic soups” around the world. No-one knows the size of these, but they could cover up to 16 million km2, or the combined size of Europe, India and Mexico.
👉The plastic soup has been growing 10 times in size every decade since the 1950s. If nothing is done now, this problem will spin completely out of control.
👉Fish and shellfish contain toxic chemicals at concentrations as high as nine million times (!) those found in the water in which they swim. (theworldcounts.com)

🌿Over the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

🌿We create a lot of plastic waste. And a lot of it ends up in the oceans. All this plastic does not go away but builds up to create a gigantic “plastic ocean soup”. 👉Imagine Russia made of plastic. Our plastic waste has created a gigantic “plastic soup” in the Pacific of up to 15 million square kilometres – almost the size of Russia.
👉Over the next 10 years, the plastic soup could double in size. At this speed, the plastic grows as much as 8 football fields every second.
👉The plastic soup consists mainly of plastic bottles and caps and above all, plastic bags.
👉In the plastic soup there are 60 pounds of surface plastic to every one pound of plankton.
👉Plastic normally takes thousands of years to decompose
(theworldcounts.com)

🌿Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle our planet 4x.

🌿Almost 9 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year.

🌿Around 6 billion pounds of non-compostable plastic exists today.

🌿Around 50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.

🌿Around 1 million sea birds and 100 000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

🌿Over 90% of all seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

🌿Around 100 000 turtles die every year from ingesting plastic.

🌿Microplastic polution in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy.

🌿Every square mile in the ocean has over 46 000 pieces of floating plastic in it.

🌿By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.

🌿The United Nations Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46 000 pieces of floating plastic (unesco.org)

🌿Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. If all this waste was put on trucks they would go around the world 24 times.
👉This stunning amount of waste is partly because 99% of the stuff we buy is trashed within 6 months. (theworldcounts.com)

 

If you want to read more statistics please go to Why to live zero waste lifestyle

 

If I can ask you, try to first avoid plastic packaging and if it is not possible at least recycle it.

 

Connect with me @discover.north.cyprus

Join @our.planet.our.home on Instagram – world wide zero waste community

 

And also read about the positive impact of  Whole food plant based lifestyle for our beautiful planet and your health and be inspired by these delicious recipes

 

🍀DO YOU RECYCLE?

🍀HAVE YOU TRIED THE OPTION FOR RECYCLING IN SAH MARKETPLACE?

🍀HOW DO YOU TRY ELIMINATE PLASTIC WASTE?

🍀WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE?

Please let me know. Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Find out about:

🌱My journey to zero waste lifestyle

🌱What is zero waste lifestyle

Wish you a beautiful day

Inkka

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