Responding to new waste and recycling figures published by the UK government today, WDC, along with 17 environmental groups co-ordinated by the UK’s Wildlife and Countryside Link are warning that the UK Government must set ambitious and legally binding targets to deal with the growing ‘packaging waste mountain.’
Plastic bottles and straws are to be banned from all Royal estates in the UK.
The move is said to have been instigated by the Queen after speaking to television presenter, Sir David Attenborough about the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean.
A new study into plastic pollution and its effects on the marine environment has confirmed that whales are ingesting microplastics in alarming quantities.
A team from the University of Siena’s looked at fin whales and whale sharks in the Mediterranean Sea and Sea of Cortez respectively.
Pupils at a school in Scotland have persuaded two major organisations to stop the use of plastic straws in their bid to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean.
Campaigners from Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow, who have worked closely with WDC’s Shorewatch team and field officers in recent years, have convinced Scotland's biggest council to ban straws, and also Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferries to stop offering straws to customer on their vessels.
Wagamama has become the latest restaurant chain to announce that it will not use plastic straws.
The company has recognised the growing issue of plastic pollution and will provide customers who ask for straws with a biodegradable paper alternative from end of April. Until then Wagamama’s 128 UK restaurants will only give a plastic straw to diners if specifically requested, or with juices that need stirring.