The War on Plastic Bottles
Every day, another 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfill. Millions more are dropped on streets, thrown into rivers and kicked into gutters, clogging up the countryside and damaging fragile habitats. According to The Guardian, “Humans have made enough plastic since the Second World War to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm”.
To try and reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfill or scattered across our fields, roads and cities, the Government is looking at a number of new policies. So what weapons do we have at our disposal in the war on plastic bottles and is it really possible to reduce the amount of bottles used every year?
The problem with plastic bottles
As well as being an eyesore when they’re dumped on roads and in the countryside, plastic bottles are bad for the environment. On average, it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down. However, some types of tougher plastic can take up to 1,000 years to disintegrate. When they’re in the ground or in water, plastic bottles pollute the environment. They release harmful chemicals into the land and rivers and are hazardous to the animals that live there. If plastic is incinerated, it releases harmful gasses into the air, damaging the environment for everyone.
What’s more, the production of plastic bottles is also bad for the environment. The factories that make the bottles need lots of power and produce lots of pollutants, both things that are bad news for Mother Nature.
In countries like Germany, customers pay a deposit for every plastic bottle they buy from the supermarket. When they return their empty bottles, they get this money back and the supermarket ensures the bottles are reused or recycled. A similar scheme is currently being trialled in Scotland and, if it’s successful, it could well be rolled out across England and Wales. This could help to dramatically reduce the number of bottles used in the UK and should help to minimise the amount thrown away, incinerated and dumped.
What can you do?
The best way to play your part in the war on plastic bottles is to limit the number of bottles you use. Instead of buying a new water bottle every time you need a drink, invest in a reusable bottle. Carry your reusable bottle with you wherever you go and refill it whenever possible. If everyone did this, we’d be able to slash the number of plastic bottles needed in the UK, helping the environment in the process.
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