In a bid to boost recycling and slash the amount of waste polluting the planet, people in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans.
The Government has confirmed that a deposit return scheme for single-use bottles is going to be introduced in England subject to consultation.
Footage from the series the Blue Planet II highlighted how serious the issue is, showing footage of ocean wildlife eating plastic and threat to marine life.
The Environment Secretary Michael Gove stated recently “We can be in no doubt that plastic is wreaking havoc on our marine environment – killing dolphins, choking turtles and degrading our most precious habitats”.
He also added “We need to see a change in attitudes and behaviour. And the evidence shows that reward and return schemes are a powerful agent of change.”
An example is the 5p levy put on plastic bags proving how effectively the UK could respond as consumption of single-use carrier bags went down 83%.
It’s been predicted that by 2050, the total amount of plastic in the oceans will weigh more than the total amount of fish.
Other types of schemes are being considered by the UK include cash rewards for returning drinks containers without enforcing an upfront deposit.