Environment Minister Michael Gove has just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle deposit scheme in England. The news follows the delivery of a bottle deposit petition, an initiative of Surfers Against Sewage, to 10 Downing Street. The petition attracted 250,000 signatures, calling on the minister to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. Continue reading
Last week Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, came out strongly in support of the campaign to introduce a deposit-return system for the UK.
Mr Gove told Sky News: “There’s a real challenge for people like me in Government to step up to the plate and reduce the amount of plastic going into our oceans.” He added that “change needs to come“, as pollution from plastics is “killing whales, choking dolphins and degrading our oceans and seas“. Continue reading
Environmental charity Hubbub has launched the first of a series of campaigns to help reduce the amount of litter going into the UK’s waterways.
According to Hubbub, 300 tonnes of rubbish is cleared from the Thames each year. Typical city rubbish – small pieces of litter such as travel tickets, food wrappers, disposable crockery and cigarette butts – are a particular problem. Continue reading
On Saturday, 10 June, London Community Resource Network (LCRN) will be celebrating Real Nappies for London’s (RNfL) 10-year anniversary. In partnership with Local Authorities and real nappy suppliers, RNfL is a pan-London scheme with the aim to help support London parents switching to reusable nappies as an alternative to disposable nappies. Since the start of the scheme, RNfL has helped just over 11,000 parents make the switch to washable cloth nappies.
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Coca-Cola has come out in support of deposit return systems for drinks bottles in the UK, in a U-turn on its previous position.
What’s more, earlier this week the CEO of Suez, one of the UK’s largest waste collection and recycling companies, also added his support, going on record to say how deposit return systems can benefit communities, the economy and the environment.
Surfers against Sewage welcomed the news, and asked people to spread the word by forwarding the link to its petition Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a campaign, called Message in a Bottle, to encourage the introduction of deposit-return systems for single-use plastic bottles in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The campaign aims to educate the public, and via a survey and social media actions, show public support for the system, under which a small deposit of between 10–20p would be added to the purchase price of drinks containers.
Consumers would be provided with opportunities to easily reclaim their deposit when they dispose of the product at collection points. Continue reading