plastic bottle tax: 22p return scheme to protect oceans from tide of waste
The Ministry of Environment is considering implementing a deposit return plan similar to what already exists in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
In Europe, consumers pay an extra fee of 8 p to 22 p, which they will get when they return the bottle.
These plans may involve a network of reverse vending machines in which people can insert bottles --
Plastic, glass and metal
In announcing the plan, Mr. Gove, Minister of Environment, said: \"There is no doubt that plastic is causing serious damage to our marine environment-killing dolphins, choking turtles and destroying our most precious habitat.
\"It is critical that we take action now to address this threat and contain millions of unrecycled plastic bottles per day.
\"We have banned the use of harmful beads and cutting plastic bags, and now we want to take action on plastic bottles to help clean up our oceans.
\"This announcement is the latest government move to crack down on plastics after a plastic particle ban and a 5 p plastic bag charge reduced the number of bags distributed by 9 billion.
There are more than 0. 15 billion tons of plastic in the world\'s oceans, and 1 million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals die from eating and being entangled in plastic waste every year.
The deposit system has been successfully operated in 38 countries around the world with an average recovery rate of 90-
Norway\'s growth rate is as high as 95.
Theresa May will also urge Commonwealth leaders to agree on measures to prevent plastic from entering the ocean when heads of member states gather next month.
Some have speculated that Britain could use some of its overseas aid budget to help reduce plastic pollution in the Commonwealth.
A spokesman for Downing Street said: \"marine pollution, especially plastic pollution, is one of the most important challenges facing the world today. The Commonwealth of the six continents is in a unique position to take action for change, let future generations enjoy more than we find now.
\"The Government summit does provide an opportunity-in one place we can discuss the issue of plastic pollution, and in particular what else we can do to prevent plastic from entering the ocean.
Environmental groups and activists welcomed the announcement of the deposit plan.
Former President Bill Bryson, author of the rural movement for England, said: \"I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.
Future generations will see this decision as an extremely open-minded decision that ultimately raises the prospect of the world\'s most beautiful country getting rid of the garbage from beverage containers.
\"I am most deeply grateful to CPRE\'s tireless activists and hero pickers who have kept this issue in the hearts of our politicians, the media and the public for the past decade.
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