Calls for a deposit return scheme aimed at tackling plastic bottle waste are growing, as its revealed over 400 plastic bottles are sold every second in the UK. 

Money-back scheme necessary to tackle plastic bottle menace

UK recycling rates for plastic bottles is 59%, while in other countries which use a deposit return scheme to tackle waste, the rates exceed 90%.

Now government opposition parties are putting pressure on the government to address the issues of plastic bottle recycling and littering. 

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Sue Hayman, said: "A deposit return scheme would have widespread public support and would go a long way to ensuring that we recycle as much of our waste as possible". 

There is also support for a plastic bottle scheme in Scotland, too. 

Plastic bottle waste has long been an issue in the UK, not just in terms of littering the streets but also the world's oceans, which hugely impacts marine life. 

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, between 5 million and 13 million tonnes of plastic finds its way into the oceans each year, polluting the water and harming fish and birds.  

Research will be carried out to establish the best design for such a scheme. 

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