Turkey’s remarkable progress this year in addressing environmental issues and climate change have put it firmly on a path towards a green economy.

The country has taken important steps such as banning free plastic bags and declaring Nov. 11 as National Forestation Day as well as sending delegations to climate talks.

The year began with a ban by parliament on the handing out of free plastic bags across Turkey, which led to a 77% drop in their use. Most plastic bags are now sold for 0.25 Turkish lira ($0.05), including 0.15 lira ($0.03) that goes towards environmental projects.

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