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Bottle deposit scheme needed 28 November 2019

More than 16,000 cans and bottles found in four days on UK beaches (via The Guardian)


broken glass bottle

By Rebecca Smithers

Findings from a national beach cleanup underline the urgent need for a comprehensive deposit return scheme to stem the tide of plastic and glass bottles and cans littering the UK’s coastlines, a marine charity has said.

During four days of beach cleaning in September, volunteers logged more than 16,000 drinks containers of various kinds, the Marine Conservation Society said.

While the dangers of single–use plastic bottles to marine life have been well documented, the MCS said glass bottles and metal cans also posed a threat to marine life, birds, animals and people.

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