To reduce the plastic pollution of seas and oceans, the British government is ready to discuss the ban on the sale of disposable plastic items. Every year in the UK alone 8 and a half billion straws are thrown away. Many of these, together with other disposable and non-disposable plastic objects, feed the 150 million tons of plastics that pollute the oceans. Every year there are a million birds and 100 thousand marine mammals that exchange them for food and die eating them.
The British government declares war on disposable plastic announcing the beginning of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit – a biennial summit meeting with heads of government of all Commonwealth nations – of banning the sale of straws and plastic pallets for coffee. The goal is to drastically cut the use of disposable plastic products. To take this initiative forward, the United Kingdom has spent £ 61.4 million to promote research to prevent ocean pollution.
The British government announces that all beverage containers, made of plastic, glass or metal, will be covered by a “deposit return scheme”. A small sum of money will be refund to citizens who will return this kind of waste
It has long been one of the measures suggested by environmental NGOs to reduce waste problems in the United Kingdom: the deposit return scheme (Drs) provides that, on some typically disposable products such as bottles, a surcharge is applied, which will then be reimbursed to the consumer, once the object has been returned to appropriate recovery points. The United Kingdom, announced the government, will join the 38 countries that have already implemented the Drs.
The Drs has already demonstrated, in the countries where it was put in the field, its ability to clearly increase the percentages of recycled waste; The case of Germany is emblematic, where Drs was introduced in 2003 and accompanied the recycling rate of 99% plastic bottles.
Moreover, UK coffee consumers may soon pay a fee of 25 pence on disposable cups. In fact, in their country, 2.5 billion are thrown away every year, according to a study by the University of Cardiff, and only 1 percent of them are, however, recycled.
In the United Kingdom there are only three structures that can separate paper from plastic components. It so happens that you throw the coffee containers into recycling bins, but the vast majority of single use ends incinerated or disposed of in landfills, because the plastic coating is an expensive recycling process.
The tax in question, called “milk levy” (on milk) was recently launched by some MPs who received an appeal from the EAC, Environmental audit committee, a body of the British parliament that monitors the sustainability and environmental impact of the choices government, which apparently has not moved to date to solve the problem. As well as the same manufacturers and distributors of disposable coffee cups. And the problem must be tackled and resolved in a short time, as the business of coffee shops is constantly expanding in the United Kingdom.