Plastic Litter

20th April 2018
1 In 10 Say Not Recycling Should Be “Criminal Offence”

1 In 10 Say Not Recycling Should Be “Criminal Offence”

Confusion around what plastic packaging can and can’t be recycled is impacting our efforts as a nation to “go green”, despite the appetite for change. That’s according to new research published today (20 April) by Ecover. Among its findings, the … Continue reading

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18th April 2018
Could Plastic Digesting Enzyme Be “Real Solution” To Plastic Pollution?

Could Plastic Digesting Enzyme Be “Real Solution” To Plastic Pollution?

Scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to the growing issue of plastic pollution. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tonnes of plastic … Continue reading

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11th April 2018
Plastic Packaging “Failing To Prevent Food Waste Crisis” – FoE

Plastic Packaging “Failing To Prevent Food Waste Crisis” – FoE

A rise in plastic food packaging is “failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem”, and in some cases may even be fuelling it, according to new research by Friends of the Earth (FoE). The study shows how annual per-capita use … Continue reading

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6th March 2018
UK Overestimates Plastic Recycling By A Third, Eunomia Report Finds

UK Overestimates Plastic Recycling By A Third, Eunomia Report Finds

An independent report by environmental consultancy Eunomia claims the UK “consistently overestimates” how much of the plastic packaging waste it produces actually gets recycled. Official Defra statistics published recently suggest that in 2015 UK households and businesses produced 2.26m tonnes of … Continue reading

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29th January 2018
Water Refill Scheme Aims To Cut Plastic Bottle Use By Millions

Water Refill Scheme Aims To Cut Plastic Bottle Use By Millions

People will be able to refill water bottles for free in tens of thousands of places in England in future, following the announcement of a new national scheme by the water industry. It’s estimated that the new scheme will cut … Continue reading

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17th January 2018
Commission Unveils First Europe-Wide Plastics Strategy

Commission Unveils First Europe-Wide Plastics Strategy

The European Commission has introduced the first Europe-wide strategy for plastics, which aims to protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, “turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe”, the Commission says. … Continue reading

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3rd November 2017
Marine Litter Rises 150% In A Year, Defra Figures Show

Marine Litter Rises 150% In A Year, Defra Figures Show

The number of litter items found on the sea floor around the UK has risen 150% in a year, according to figures released by Defra. The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday (2 November) published its England Natural … Continue reading

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4th August 2017
Deposit Return Scheme Would Stop A Third Of Ocean Plastic

Deposit Return Scheme Would Stop A Third Of Ocean Plastic

A deposit return scheme for beverage containers would stop a third of the plastic going into the oceans, according to new analysis by think tank Green Alliance. According to the group, plastic marine litter from the UK could be reduced … Continue reading

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