Tesco Set to Scrap 5p Plastic Bags

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:59:48 Europe/London

We are all well aware of the 5p plastic bag charge in the UK, but Tesco are going to stop selling these bags altogether, the are replacing this option with a reusable 'bag for life' that will cost 10p.  This change Tesco have expected to reduce the number of bags handed out per year by 700 million and if they are damaged they will replace them for free. 

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Posted By Michelle

The Global Fight Against Litter - Philadelphia

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:36:39 Europe/London

Philadelphia has generated the nickname filthadelphiao because of it's problem with litter, on average each resident disposes of 1 ton of litter per year.  The city has committed to the Zero Waste and Litter Executive Order which sets a goal of achieving zero waste by 2035. 

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Posted By Jon

Rubbish Roundup 7th August

Monday, 7 August 2017 10:27:18 Europe/London

This weeks rubbish roundup includes a story from Asda in Leicester where the residents near the superstore are angered by the companies failure to clear up a pile of rubbish which has been building up for months next to it.  

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The Facts About Litter

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 14:26:40 Europe/London

Wherever you are there is a always a litter problem, its harmful to health, wildlife and the environment, we take a look at some of the facts of littering, one of which is NASA being fined $400 when parts of their space rocket debris landed in Australia.  

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Posted By Adam

Surfers Against Sewage

Monday, 31 July 2017 14:16:11 Europe/London

Surfers Against Sewage are one of the UK's leading marine conservation charities and campaign on a range of marine convservation issues.  The chairty was born in 1990 and focused solely on the issue of water pollution, their charity has grown and now they are advocates of clean oceans on a global scale

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Rubbish Roundup 24th July

Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:18:25 Europe/London

This weeks Rubbish Roundup includes children from a Swindon School visiting their local shopping centre to learn how the centre manages its waste and how their recycling policy works.  Each child received small gifts including pencil cases made from tyres and a ruler made from old cd cases.

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Waitrose's Fight Against Litter

Monday, 24 July 2017 10:47:33 Europe/London

Waitrose has joined the fight against litter, the company is donating £500,000 from their carrier bag fund to help the Marine Conservation Society and the money will be used to organise beach clean ups generate campaigns to get the public involved with the fight against litter.  

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Posted By Sam

Global Fight Against Litter - Spain

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:18:00 Europe/London

The Global Fight Against Litter

Spain’s coastline

Over 61 million tourists visit Spain each year, which contributes massively to the country’s economy. In fact, the country has the second largest income from tourism worldwide, and the largest in Europe.

Spain’s biggest attraction is its beautiful coastline, with people flocking to it for sun drenched beach holidays.

But marine and beach litter poses a big threat to tourism, as it threatens the natural beauty of the coastline, it harms wildlife, causes pollution, and is potentially harmful to health.


The main issues: marine litter and beach litter


The Catalonian coast in the North East of Spain is a popular tourist destination. In the Cádiz municipality, which has several tourist beaches, over 1 million euro is invested in the cleaning and maintenance of beaches. Urban and resort beaches are generally cleaned, though rural and remote beaches tend to be neglected.

What type of litter is discarded on the beaches?

Glass bottles, plastic bottles, bottle caps and lids

  • Plastic, film, and foil wrappers
  • hard/film plastic and foil wrappers
  • Cigarette stubs
  • Packaging materials
  • Drinking straws
  • Food cans
beach litter

Hazardous litter

Some litter that is found on the coastline is hazardous and potentially damaging to health, and includes

  • Glass fragments
  • Wood with protruding nails
  • Sanitary products
  • Syringes

Prevention of beach litter

In an ideal world, litter could be prevented at source, but as many types of beach litter are washed up on the beach rather than discarded on it, there is little that can be done by those whose job it is to clean up the beaches.

Education and changing attitudes is key, and not always easy. However, in places where a ‘beach culture’ exists, litter does not tend to pose so much of a problem, as people have respect for the beaches.

There are fixed penalties for littering in most parts of Spain, however, they are often poorly implemented and not enforced.

Smoking is not banned in the beaches in Cadiz, but the municipality provides cones for the disposal of cigarettes next to sun loungers if people want to smoke.


What needs to happen?

As many beaches in Spain are popular all year round, they need to be cleaned more frequently.

More work is needed to identify where litter at its source, and to improve the cost effectiveness of beach cleaning and maintenance.

Marine litter initiatives

Raising Awareness

FundaciĆ³n Ecomar is a successful organisation which provides children with education on sports, ecology, and healthy living.

It runs programmes in conjunction with PlasticsEurope, and they combine teaching children about the value of the marine environment, how to correctly deal with plastic waste and sailing lessons.

The scheme began in 2011, when they ran a successful workshop called “Taking care of the sea when sailing”, and it showed that children are conscious about marine litter, and of the need to recycle plastic. The children would then share their knowledge with family and friends which increased the value of the workshop.

In 2012, 40 Spanish sailing clubs were involved in the project, and the programme reached more than 7,500 children.

Posted By jon davis

The Litter Blighting Our Motorways

Monday, 17 July 2017 11:02:23 Europe/London

Highways England have launched a new campaign in the North West after litter picking teams collecting 40,000 sacks of litter from the side of the road which works out at 108 sacks per mile.  As you can imagine this works out a very expensive procedure for the councils, so what is being done?

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Broadcast from the Bins - Wales Green Taxes

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:07:00 Europe/London

New taxes are being considered in Wales, and the government are asking the public for their views and suggestions, one of the ideas is the deposit return scheme on plastic bottles, this is where you pay a slight deposit when you buy a plastic bottle and when recycled this deposit is refunded.  

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Posted By Adam
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