Game on! Michael Gove calls on sports sector to join plastic pollution fight

Representatives from the sports industry will explore how the sector can help tackle plastic waste

Sky to invest £25m in new ideas to reduce plastic waste

Sky Ocean Ventures will support innovators and businesses developing new products that help solve the ocean plastic crisis

UK to introduce deposit return scheme for single-use bottles

Consumers use an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year but more than three billion are not recycled

UK Government ‘dragging its feet’ over bottle deposit scheme

The UK Government is “dragging its feet” on introducing a deposit scheme for plastic bottles. The comment from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) comes as it believes the government “has not adequately acted upon, or responded to” its recommendations on deposit return schemes and producer responsibility obligations to cut down on plastic waste. Under the […]

Glastonbury Festival plans to ban plastic bottles

  Glastonbury festival plans to ban the use of plastic bottles when it returns in 2019. The festival, held in Somerset since 1970, has previously used solar panels and urinals that could power their own lighting by transforming urine into electricity. In 2014, it introduced water kiosks where people could get any type of bottle […]

Extra funding to cut plastic waste in London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a further £6 million of funding in a bid to boost green spaces and reduce plastic waste in the city. The fund will deliver the rollout of more public water fountains – on top of the 20 recently announced – and create better local green spaces, including in areas […]

UK considering implementing Norway’s bottle recycling scheme?

A deposit-based system for recycling bottles in Norway could be implemented in the UK. The Norwegian Government has put a tax on every bottle that isn’t recycled – consumers pay a deposit on the bottle depending on size, return the empty bottle into a machine which reads the barcode and produces a coupon for the […]

Network of free water refill points to fight plastic waste

  A new national drinking water scheme aims to encourage more people to refill their bottles for free in a bid to tackle single-use plastic waste. High street retailers, coffee shops, businesses and local authorities must offer free refill points to the public in every major city and town in England by 2021. Industry body […]

Iceland and Co-op back plastic bottle deposit scheme

  Iceland and Co-op have become the first two supermarkets to support a UK-wide bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) to tackle plastic pollution. The retailers said they would back a mandatory DRS following the Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s consultation on the possibility of introducing it to boost recycling rates. A DSR would mean consumers get […]

Councils could save £35m from plastic bottles cashback scheme

Local authorities across England could save up to £35 million every year if a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) was introduced in England. The news comes after Environment Secretary Michael Gove recently launched a consultation to seek views on how such a scheme – where a small charge is returned to customers for each […]