28 March 2018
Responding to confirmation that a deposit return scheme on plastic bottles and other recyclable drinks packaging will be implemented in England, Dr Elaine King, Director of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said:
‘This is a great step forward from the Government towards getting drastic on plastic, and a clear signal that Michael Gove is taking warnings from the public and campaigners seriously.
‘But we must make sure that the responsibility to reduce plastic waste is laid squarely at the feet of the businesses who produce it. Consumers have a role to play in cutting their use and recycling, but we must slash plastic at its source if we are to stop swimming in an ocean of plastic waste.
‘We need a comprehensive plastic action plan with legally binding targets from the Government. It is essential that measures to drastically reduce plastic production are put at the heart of the Government’s plans.’
Environmental campaigners want to see a definitive action plan to meet the UK Government’s ambition of zero avoidable waste by 2050, including:
Latest Press Releases