World Earth Day to Focus on Plastic Pollution

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:06:00 Europe/London
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April 22nd is World Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is an organisation which aimes to raise awareness on environmental problems.  The first Earth Day took place in 1970 and it saw 20million Americans get involved in environmental activities, it is now a global event and this years focus is the end of plastic pollution.

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Posted By Adam

Deposit Return Scheme for Plastic Bottles to be Announced

Friday, 30 March 2018 11:25:34 Europe/London
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After months of calling for a deposit return scheme to be implemented in the UK, it is looking likely it will be announced shortly with the aim to increase the recycling rates with plastic litter.  The idea would be for the customer to receive a deposit back when they return their empty bottles to a reverse vending machine.

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Posted By Michelle

More Than 80% of Litter on Northern Ireland's Beaches is Plastic

Friday, 16 March 2018 10:18:57 Europe/London
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A report from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has revealed that it found 437 items of litter per 100m of beach last year and 82% of if was plastic.  The same report also looked into the effects of plastic on marine animals and it was revealed that up to 99% of sea birds would have ingested plastic by 2050.  

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Is it the Final Straw for Single-Use Plastic

Friday, 9 February 2018 09:34:57 Europe/London
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With the ever increasing problem of plastics damaging our environments, JD Weatherspoons have stopped automatically putting straws into drinks and instead moving to eco friendly straws by the end of the year.  A campaign called Refuse the Straw is encouraging pubs and restaurants to stop using plastic straws as they take an age to decompose and pollutes the environment.

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Posted By Sam

Single Use Plastic Blamed for Rise in Beach Litter

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

Plastic Bag Use in the UK has Reduced by 9 Billion

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:06:07 Europe/London
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The most recent figures show that a massive 9 billion less plastic bags have been used in the UK since the levy waste 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

Tesco Set to Scrap 5p Plastic Bags

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

A Solution to the Plastic Bag Problem

Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:57:51 Europe/London
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The biggest problem with plastic bags is that they do not degrade they just break down into smaller toxic bits, a bag can take up to 1000 years to fully break down meaning they can contaminate waterways and soils as well as cause problems to wildlife.

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Posted By jon davis

Cleaning up our Rivers

Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:00:00 Europe/London
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Whereever you go/are there is always a little problem with it comes to waterways, along the banks rubibsh builds up, especially plastics, this discarded waste causes problems for the wildlife in the rivers itself but also spans out to the sea where the rivers flow into.  Rivercare aim to help keep the rivers clean by enlisting volunteers, with it's popularity they have now extended to beaches.  

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Posted By jon davis

Broadcast From the Bins - The Problem with Plastic

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 10:01:09 Europe/London
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The problem of plastic is mounting, with endless amounts still ending up in landfill, causing harm to animals and ruining our oceans, plastic is something to not shy away from.  So what exactly is being done to help combat reduce all these problems, not just by businessses but also you at home.

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Posted By Jon
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