The isthmus nation of roughly 4 million people joined more than 60 other countries that have totally or partially banned single-use plastic bags, or introduced taxes to dissuade their use, including Chile and Colombia in the region.
Plastic items such as straws, forks and knives as well as cotton buds will be banned in EU by 2021 as the economic bloc pushes manufacturers to step up their recycling efforts.
Members of the European Parliament seek to curb plastics waste, targeting in particular single-use plastic litter that is polluting Europe's beaches and seas.
Ever since China banned imports of almost all recycled waste, piles of trash have begun appearing around big cities in South Korea.
TRT World talks to Greenpeace Mediterranean Project Coordinator Deniz Bayram about how Turkish consumers can reduce their plastics usage and what supermarkets can do to help.
Retailers began charging for plastic bags on January 1 with aim of reducing the volume of non-recyclable waste in the country where around 30-35 billion plastic bags are used annually.
The cause of death was not known, but park officials found plastic bottles, bags, sandals, and a sack with more than 1,000 pieces of string in the whale's stomach.
A report says Henderson Island, which is prized for its biodiversity, is polluted with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic.
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