Plastic pollution

Government must force big business to tackle plastic pollution

Tuesday 02 October 2018

Government must force industry to tackle our plastic pollution problem, that’s the message from Cllr Rachel Woods.

Cllr Woods made the call after BBC’s Drowning in Plastic programme highlighted the harrowing impact of plastic pollution – including a seal pup gasp for breath, its neck sliced open by a plastic fishing neck.

Cllr Woods said: “It’s impossible not to have been effected by Drowning in Plastic and motivated to reduce the plastic pollution we produce.

“Indeed, we know that people across Northern Ireland are recycling more than ever before and cutting back on what we send to landfill.

“The household recycling rate across Northern Ireland was 43.6% between January and March 2018. That’s an extremely encouraging figure but one that can be improved upon.

“However, the plastic pollution problem will not be solved by ethical consumers and avid recyclers alone.

“Manufacturers must reduce plastic waste and do everything possible to enable us to recycle more and more.

“Drinks bottles are one of the most common types of plastic waste. Some 480bn plastic bottles were sold across the world in 2016 – that’s a million bottles per minute.

“Of these, £110bn were made by drinks giant Coca Cola.

“Huge companies like Coca Cola are capable of decimating plastic pollution.

“If they do not act on the issue – government must step in to force their hand.”

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