To: UK Governments

Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.

Stop marine plastic pollution by introducing a small, refundable deposit on all plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans to recycle the 16 million plastic bottles thrown away every day.

Why is this important?

In the UK we use a staggering 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day! Only half of these are recycled, so it’s no surprise that many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans.

Plastic bottles take 450 years to break down, killing marine life, harming the coastal ecosystem and ruining our beaches.

Placing a small deposit on plastic bottles and cans would dramatically increase recycling and reduce marine plastic pollution.

This petition has been set up by Surfers Against Sewage, a marine conservation charity. Find out more about Surfers Against Sewage here: www.sas.org.uk

For more information on deposit return systems please visit Surfers Against Sewage’s Message In A Bottle campaign site. https://www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle/

A delegation from Surfers Against Sewage will deliver the petition signatures to the Governments in Westminster (London), Holyrood (Edinburgh), Senedd (Cardiff) and Stormont (Belfast).


Reasons for signing

  • We must stop using the planet as a dustbin.
  • David Atenborough recently said "And there's a shot of the young being fed and what comes out of the mouth, of the beak of the adult? "Not sand eels and not fish and not squid, which is what they mostly eat. "Plastic. "And it's heartbreaking. Heartbreaking." This needs to stop, as humans we are selfish, just selfish. This is not our planet, it's everyone and everything's planet.
  • It's not rocket science is it. Good for glass too which is massively energy intensive to produce

Updates

2017-10-19 15:39:43 +0100

We were stoked to represent you this week in front of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), presenting expert evidence to a panel of cross-party Members of Parliament. Our petition calling for a UK-wide deposit refund system (DRS) featured strongly in the evidence, reflecting the huge wave of public support for this measure to stop plastic pollution.

Watch the full session here: https://www.sas.org.uk/news/campaigns/environmental-audit-committee-inquiry-plastic-bottles-pollution-deposit-refund-systems-refills/

Recent surveys estimate that approximately 700,000 plastic beverage containers are littered daily in the UK. Sadly, plastic bottles consistently feature in the top 5 of litter survey ‘most found’ items, whether conducted in marine or terrestrial environments, in the UK and around the world.

The inquiry coincides with the recently launched Defra consultation on deposit refund systems, to which we'll be submitting evidence.

Thanks for your support!

Team SAS

2017-10-12 09:34:04 +0100

This week we launched a new report showing that the introduction of a deposit return system on plastic bottles would save local authorities millions of pounds annually.

With local authority resources under increasing pressure, these findings provide evidence that, rather than negatively affecting local authority waste services, a DRS could actually support them and reduce the costs of delivering the service, while also delivering cleaner streets and reducing the amount of plastic entering our oceans.

To full details please visit: https://www.sas.org.uk/uncategorised/deposit-refund-system-save-councils-35-million-year/

This report clearly shows that introducing a DRS for England would benefit local economies and communities, saving councils money that could be redirected to other vital frontline services. All the evidence points to the unrivalled benefits of introducing DRS. Good for the environment, people & the economy.

Team SAS

2017-10-03 08:13:06 +0100

We welcome the news that the Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove MP has launched a public consultation on the possible introduction of a deposit return system in England. The call for evidence, focusing on ways to increase the recycling rates of drinks containers and preventing the littering of plastic bottles, opened this week and will be running until the 30th October.

The announcement comes in the wake of the delivery of our bottle deposit petition to 10 Downing Street uniting over a quarter of a million voices calling for the introduction of a UK-wide deposit return system to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. There is now overwhelming public support, with almost 3 out of 4 people in the UK in favour of the measure.

For more information and to have your say, please take part in the consultation here - https://www.sas.org.uk/news/government-moves-closer-committing-deposit-returns/

Thanks!

Surfers Against Sewage

2017-09-14 17:04:32 +0100

We were thrilled to deliver our petition; now the UK’s largest calling for a deposit return system, to 10 Downing Street this week, alongside campaigners from 38 Degrees.

Following the submission of the petition, we had a very positive meeting in 10 Downing Street to discuss the growing economic and environmental evidence to support a UK-wide deposit return system. We hope that the Prime Minister will now be bold enough to respond to the overwhelming public support for a system and commit to a timetable to introduce one at the earliest opportunity.

https://www.sas.org.uk/news/pressure-for-deposit-returns-grows-as-270000-signatures-delivered-to-downing-street/

We’re also delighted that the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, recently led the way to announce Scotland’s commitment to a deposit return system. This is already a huge step forward in our campaign to rid our oceans of plastic pollution.

Thanks for your support!

Surfers Against Sewage

2017-07-26 14:41:21 +0100

Last week Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, came out strongly supporting the campaign to introduce a deposit return system for the UK.

Mr Gove said "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." Mr Gove went onto describe a plastic bottle deposit system as a "great idea" saying he wants the Government to introduce a plastic bottle deposit system "as soon as possible".

We couldn’t agree more Mr Gove!

This level of support from the Environment Secretary is fantastic news for our campaign.

You can start the fight against plastic bottles and other single-use plastics today. Share this petition with your friends and family and for inspiration on how you can reduce your plastic footprint, download your Plastic Free Coastlines toolkit at www.sas.org.uk/wasteland

2017-07-12 15:07:20 +0100

We wanted to update you on the latest developments in Surfers Against Sewage’s deposit return system campaigning - www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle - since the General Election.

We’ve written to the new Secretary of State for the Environment to remind him of the ocean plastic pollution crisis and the growing public support for a comprehensive deposit return system. We continue to urge the Government to commission a feasibility study on deposit return systems as part of the ongoing National Litter Strategy. We’re encouraged that the Scottish Government recently announced the commissioning of a design review to identify the best deposit return system for Scotland.

Mary Creagh MP has also been re-elected as chair of the Environmental Audit Committee. We’ve written to welcome her back to the post and encouraged her to urgently restart the inquiry into single-use plastic bottles and coffee cups.

We’ll keep you posted & thanks for your support, Surfers Against Sewage www.sas.org.uk

2017-05-24 13:17:34 +0100

We welcomed the strong references to deposit return systems in the manifestos from the Labour Party, the Green Party and Plaid Cymur.

Labour: "We will set guiding targets for plastic bottle deposit schemes, working with food manufacturers and retailers to reduce waste.”

Greens: "Ending plastic waste by introducing a bottle deposit scheme to stop 16 million plastic bottles ending up in environment every day.”

Plaid Cymru: “We will reduce plastic waste with a deposit return scheme.”

There were references to recycling in the Conservative and Liberal Democrats manifestos:

Conservatives: “We will do more to reduce litter, including by supporting comprehensive rubbish collection and recycling, supporting better packaging, taking new powers to force councils to remove roadside litter and prosecuting offenders.”

Lib Dems: "Building on the success of our plastic bag charge, introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups to reduce waste.”

2017-04-27 16:42:27 +0100

Surfers Against Sewage has written to the political parties' manifesto teams calling for a deposit return system to be included in their manifestos. Find out more about what we called for here: https://www.sas.org.uk/news/sas-call-deposit-returns-manifesto/

We'll update you as the manifestos are announced.

2017-04-10 14:25:14 +0100

The Government has published the long-awaited National Litter Strategy for England and Surfers Against Sewage welcome the news that deposit return systems will be seriously assessed as a measure to protect the environment. An expert panel will be looking at evidence to support a successful scheme to add a small refundable deposit to plastic bottles and other containers to help deliver much higher recycling rates, conserve resources, create green jobs, and protect our coastlines from the growing plastic pollution crisis.

This petition will be submitted to Government and presented to the expert panel reviewing bottle deposits.

More information on this breaking news. https://www.sas.org.uk/uncategorised/national-litter-strategy-deposit-return-systems-edging-closer/

2017-03-22 14:13:00 +0000

The NFRN, the federation representing independent retailers (newsagents and convenience stores) have also come out in support of a deposit return system for Scotland!

That's industry leaders from the beverage sector (Coca-Cola), Waste & Recycling sector (Suez) and now the small/medium retailers (NFRN) supporting deposit returns for Scotland.

Share this petition with your friends and family to help us persuade the Government.

2017-03-16 16:49:19 +0000

The campaign to bring back bottle deposits is progressing quickly. Here are a few of highlights.

Industry giants Coca Cola perform an unexpected but welcomed U-turn to publicly support deposit return. The same week waste & recycling industry leader Suez back the system promoting how deposit returns benefits the economy, communities and the environment. Read more here: https://www.sas.org.uk/news/coca-cola-supports-deposit-return-system/

A motion supporting deposit return systems has been set down in the Scottish Parliament, with almost 60 MSPs from every political party already supporting.

The Government’s Environmental Audit Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the staggering number of single-use plastic bottles that are used everyday in the UK. This petition will feature as part of Surfers Against Sewage’s evidence. Read more here: https://www.sas.org.uk/news/sas-news/sas-welcome-government-inquiry-plastic-bottles/

2017-02-16 21:16:40 +0000

200,000 signatures reached

2017-02-05 08:11:27 +0000

150,000 signatures reached

2017-01-29 09:15:23 +0000

100,000 signatures reached

2017-01-28 16:02:15 +0000

50,000 signatures reached

2017-01-28 13:33:20 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2017-01-25 12:11:00 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-01-24 21:16:02 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-01-24 17:48:46 +0000

10 signatures reached

* A portion of the signature total has been collected offline and has not yet been verified by Campaigns by You.