• Environmental Technologies, Recycling and Zero Waste Expo
  • 3-5 June 2021
Time Left


Saving the Mediterranean Sea

In recent years, recycling gained more importance in Turkey and several projects were started in 2001 to raise awareness.


These environmental projects helped us take small steps to save natural resources and energy but sadly they’re not enough.


According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 95 percent of the waste floating in the Mediterranean and lying on its beaches is plastic. Most of the plastic waste is released from Turkey and Spain, followed by Italy, Egypt, and France.


WWF’s numbers show that 70-130,000 of microplastics (fragments smaller than 5mm) and 150- 500,000 million tonnes of macroplastics (the equivalent of 66,000 garbage trucks of plastics) dumped into the Mediterranean and other European seas every year.


Microplastics have reached 1.25 million fragments per km2 in the Mediterranean Sea, almost four times higher than in the North Pacific Ocean.


Plastic pollution can impact key economic sectors in the Mediterranean, especially fisheries and tourism.