When I was a kid I used to take the empty pop bottles back to the shop and I was allowed to keep the deposit but, more importantly, it was a way to recycle the bottles. I have no idea why that stopped in the U.K (there are deposit schemes in Europe, America and Australia) except that glass gave way to plastic and suddenly we became a throw away society. Now we are seeing the results of that as plastic is fast becoming a pollutant and is killing our oceans. Marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage are campaigning to bring back the bottle deposits on all plastic and glass bottles and cans. They say that in the UK we use 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and 58 million cans every day! Only half of these get recycled, and many end up on our beaches and in our oceans. By bringing back a bottle deposit scheme we can reduce littering beaches all of which gets washed into the sea, and recycling can be more energy efficient than making new containers. So isn’t it a no brainer? Surfers Against Sewage have started a 38 Degrees petition to collect signatures so they can take them to all the governments in the U.K.
Please add your signature to the petitions, it only takes a minute. Here’s the link
To find out more about a deposit return system click here
To get more information and learn all about bottles in the marine environment click here
Last year I posted about dead areas of the Pacific ocean and the message was that if something was done now and 30% of the oceans were conserved, we could start to regenerate the rest. Surely the bottle deposit scheme is another small step and we have the example of the plastic bag charge which has vastly reduced the use of throw away bags.
For those of you who missed the link to the petition above here it is in full below.