The work being carried out by Fethiye Municipality and the Environmental Protection and Control Manager, Hatice Kayak, has resulted in continued improvements in the recycling facilities in and around the area.

Recycling bins

A recycling bin is a container used to hold recyclables before they are taken to recycling centers. Separate containers are often provided for paper, tin or aluminum cans, and glass or plastic bottles. These bins are plentiful in the area and range from smaller bins in public areas to large bins for families to separate and dispose of their household waste responsibly.

Recycling bins in Çaiış
Recycling bins in Çalış
New glass recycling bin in Çalış
New glass recycling bin in Çalış

Plastic bottles aren’t cool

“If you eliminate the scourge of bottled water, you’ll be eliminating one of the biggest problems facing our environment”
-Capt. Charles Moore

In 2008, the volume of the bottled water market in Turkey reached 8.7 billion litres. This was forecast to rise to 11.1 billion litres by 2015 (

Can you  imagine what that amount of empty bottles would look like?

Plastic bottles in a landfill
Plastic bottles in a landfill

Added to that is the impact plastic bottles have on the environment

Did you know?

One plastic bottle will take more than 450 years to completely break down (that’s 25 generations!)

More than 75% of plastic bottles are never recycled, they are simply thrown away

90% of the trash in the ocean is from plastic

Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it. It is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins occurring throughout the world’s oceans.

What can you do to help?

Reusing one glass bottle will prevent the purchase and consumption of more than 240 plastic bottles every year. There are many varieties of eco friendly bottles available that are suitable for all ages.

Sip, Refill, Repeat
Sip, Refill, Repeat

Dispose of plastic bottles in the recycling bins provided. There are even new bottle shaped bins so you can identify them easily.

Plastic bottle recycling bin on the harbour in Fethiye
Plastic bottle recycling bin on the harbour in Fethiye

Don’t leave your rubbish behind

Rubbish left at Çaiış Beach
Rubbish left at Çaiış Beach

Ways to recycle plastic bottles

There are many ways to recycle plastic bottles other than just throwing them in the recycling bin

Ideas for recycling plastic bottles
Ideas for recycling plastic bottles

Click here for more great recycling ideas


“Dönüşüm seninle başlar”

“Change begins with you”



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