Single Use Plastic Blamed for Rise in Beach Litter

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:04:41 Europe/London

Beach litter rose by 10% last year and a fifth of this was made up of single use items such as cups, plastic bottles and plastic cutlery.  The Marine Conservation Society is calling for a tax on single use plastic items to help tackle this problem, they say the introduction of the 5p bag had a huge effect on the number of plastic bags ending up in the ocean so it could be an idea for other plastic products. 

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Posted By Michelle

Dumfries and Galloway Council Remove Bins to Deter Littering

Monday, 11 December 2017 11:54:12 Europe/London

Dumfries and Galloway are trying something new to tackle litter louts, they are going to be removing bins, the council have claimed that there is evidence that proves taking away bins from litter hotspots can actually encourage people to take their litter home.  In replacement of the bins the council are going to be putting up signs encouraging people to take their waste home.

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Posted By Adam

Plastic Bag Use in the UK has Reduced by 9 Bullion

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:06:07 Europe/London

The most recent figures show that a massive 9 billion less plastic bags have been used in the UK since the levy wast introduced in October 2015.  Single use plastic bags are massive problems for the environment since they take an age to degrade, if they find their way into the ocean they can cause untold damage to ecosystems and wildlife.  

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Posted By Adam

Greenpeace Launch a Spoof Coca Cola Chritmas Ad

Monday, 4 December 2017 10:05:50 Europe/London

Evreyone is familiar with the Coca Cola ad at christmas, however Greenpeace has launched a spoof christmas ad which aims to highlight the sheer number of cans and bottles that end up in the ocean.  Greenpeace have made the ad because more plastic has been produced in the last 10 years than during the entire 20th century.  

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Posted By Michelle

Philadelphia's Plans for a Cleaner City

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:14:14 Europe/London

Litter has been a long concern for residents of Philadelphia in the US with the authorities always on the lookout for solutions for the ongoing problem.  As well as the use of bin art they have used technological solutions to help with the problem, they carried out a detailed count of every piece of litter they found and used software to produce a comprehensive survey.  

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Posted By jon davis

Rubbish Roundup 27th November

Monday, 27 November 2017 10:07:36 Europe/London

Doncaster hands out the most fines in the UK with 700 more than the Leeds who are in second place, the council is one of the only in the UK that can fine people for throwing litter out of a vehicle.  A new book called Plastian the Little Fish has been launched by Waste Free Oceans to educate children about the problem of plastic litter in our oceans.  

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Posted By Adam

Broadcast from the Bins - The Rise of Marine Litter

Friday, 24 November 2017 09:16:46 Europe/London

Did you know the production team behind Blue Planet collected every bit of plastic they came across whilst filming for the series, hopeing it would inspire people to do the same when it comes to litter in the ocean and beaches.  They have also thrown their support behind the #2minutebeachclean campaign.  

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Posted By Sam

The Global Fight Against Litter - California

Thursday, 23 November 2017 09:16:24 Europe/London

The state of California spend on average of half a billion dollars cleaning up litter every year, officials say the large amount of money spent on cleaning up could be better invested elsewhere like schools and public spaces.  One of the ways to combat this is the instatement of proposition 67 which banned grocery stores from using single use plastic or paper bags.  

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Posted By Adam

Emojis Give Kids a Bicentive to Recycle

Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:31:51 Europe/London

The British Plastics Federation, PlasticsEurope and the Marine Conservation Society have joined forces for a new campaign called Bincentives, their aim is to make young people more aware of litter and the correct way to dispose of waste.  Secondary schools are being given free emoji posters and resources for a school assembly to support the campaign.  

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Posted By Michelle

A Million Reasons Why We Need to Tackle Fly Tipping

Monday, 13 November 2017 10:16:24 Europe/London

There were over 1 million fly-tipping incidents in 2016-2017 with a total cost of around £58 million to cash strapped councils, the majority of the cases involved household waste.  Organisations such as Keep Britain Tidy are calling for councils to educate people about waste, keep recycling centres open and proescute fly tippers.  

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Posted By Adam
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