Whilst we welcome the Prime Minister’s pledge today to deliver plastic free coastlines, 25 years is not a fast enough time frame to tackle the immediate plastic pollution crisis or stop the torrent of plastics choking our oceans. At current rates, over the next 25 years we estimate a further 300 million tonnes of plastic pollution will enter the oceans.
The Prime Minister must take bold and decisive steps to break industry and societal addiction to single-use plastics. A UK-wide deposit refund system is within reach and a proven way to reduce society’s plastic footprint that is trampling our beaches.
The government must now act swiftly to introduce even more ambitious legislation to drive manufacturers away from their love affair with single-use plastics, starting with a UK-wide deposit return system.
For a full update please see: https://www.sas.org.uk/news/sas-urges-faster-action-plastic-pollution/