People 'sleepwalking' over single-use plastic bottles


By Philip Edwards, Sky News Reporter

Too many people are failing to change their ways to minimise damage to the environment caused by single-use plastic bottles.

That is the finding in a survey by Keep Britain Tidy and Brita, which found that more than a fifth of people do not use a reusable water bottle, or have lost one and not bothered to replace it.

Only 36% regularly carry a reusable water bottle with them, and fewer than a third (31%) feel guilty about buying throwaway bottled water.

Of the 2,138 people questioned by YouGov, more than half (55%) said they owned a reusable water bottle, 17% said they have one but do not regularly use it, while 2% have never used the one they own.

Meanwhile, 3% have lost their reusable bottle and not bothered to replace it.

'It is absolutely vital we act now': Michael Gove to confirm plans for national Deposit Return Scheme


A national deposit return scheme (DRS) covering plastic bottles, glass bottles, and drinks cans could be introduced in England, under plans to be announced today by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Gove will today confirm the government is to consult later this year on a range of policies to improve UK recycling rates, including proposals for a national DRS.