Plastic Waste Update

Before we get started, I would just like to thank those at Ecodek towers who made a donation towards our cake sale and Guess the Baby competition for Children In Need last week. We raised a grand total of £90.00 for this great cause. Following an exciting tie break question the winner of the Guess the Baby competition was Rob Morgan, Production Manager

A couple of months ago we published a post titled Save the Oceans where we introduced you to Sky Ocean Rescue.

It’s important that we recognise the importance of recycling plastic to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or ending up in our oceans.

It’s certainly been an interesting week, as in yesterday’s budget, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that he is planning to launch a consultation into whether taxes could be used to limit our use of plastic packaging. This could lead to taxes on items such as takeaway boxes and bubble wrap as well as plastic water and drinks bottles taxed in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

The Chancellor is expected to call for evidence from consumers, environmental groups and companies involved the life cycle of plastic products to see whether taxes and charges could be used more widely.   It’s critical that we all need to start playing our part.

The 5p plastic bag charge has resulted in an 80% reduction in plastic bag use since 2015 when shops were legally obliged to charge for their purchase.

This move has been welcomed by environmental and wildlife groups but there is still a massive task of seeking evidence on how to reduce the dumping of takeaway drinks containers such as coffee cups through measures such as a deposit return scheme.

The call for evidence will begin in the New Year and will take into account the findings of the consultation on drinks containers.

Our feature photo this week is from Kate Ter Haar via Flickr.

Based in Chester, close to Ecodek towers, scientist Dr Christian Dunn has launched an innovative campaign to make the city the first straw free city in the UK and to stop the availability of disposable plastic drinking straws in an effort to help the environment. Campaigners estimate that a staggering 300,000 straws are used in the city each day!

The problem with straws is that they are made from plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene which unless recycled takes hundreds of years to decompose.

It’s interesting to know that pubs such as Weatherspoon’s are also phasing out on wasteful plastic drinking straws across England and Ireland.   This will stop some 70 million single-use plastic straws being thrown away each year.

It would be fantastic if Chester could be the first UK city to turn its back on plastic drinking straws. Watch this space!

 

What do you think about the takeaway tax? Have you got any tips to help reduce single use plastic? Leave us a comment in the comments field below!


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