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Can the UK recycle plastic without dumping it on other countries?

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Plastic waste dumped in Turkey included UK brand packaging

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THE grim piles of plastic waste blanketing riversides and burning next to roads around the Turkish province of Adana didn’t take long to trace back to other countries. An investigation by campaigners Greenpeace UK in March found single-use carrier bags, yogurt pots, milk bottle labels and other items with UK supermarket labels among the material at 10 sites of illegally dumped rubbish.

In response to images of the despoiled landscapes released on 17 May, the Turkish government announced a ban on all …