There is never going to happen about
all this plastic poisoning the earth
until proper incentives are in place.
Start by monetising them.
A £1 deposit makes throwing them away a nice pocket money experience for some one else.
Make a seller responsible for recycling them.
Return your bottles anywhere that sells them.
Bottle not completely recyclable?
Tax the bottle.
The manufacturer pays 50p per bottle they sell wholesale (watch how quickly they change)
Any seller using non-recyclable cups
are taxed 50p per cup.
A 50p deposit makes them collectable rather than refuse.
The seller is responsible for recycling the cups.
It is easy to extend this.
Black plastic trays...tax them.
You sell stuff in black plastic trays you pay £1 tax per tray.
Other plastic trays taxed to encourage alternative
or more easily recycled packaging.
Tax various other packaging.
Taxing at the source of the problem
(they can’t skip this tax and it must be paid)
This forces rapid change.
This should be our main focus as a species,
along with industrial
and household chemical pollution.
Plastics are a much bigger problem
and one that we are solely responsible for.
We can deal with rising sea levels,
we can't deal with an ocean full of plastic
and the collapse of the insect population.