Plastic bottles are decimating ocean life – IrelandPosted on July 15, 2016 by DrRossH in General
Some 13bn single-use plastic bottles are annually bought in the UK — 200 bottles per person per year.
Only 50% are recycled: 6.5bn bottles are strewn on streets, verges, parks and beaches, or tossed into culverts, rivers and seas. They are a plague.
Their manufacture squanders valuable fossil fuels and releases CO2 into the skies. The plastic contains bisphenol A (BPA), a cancer-inducing toxin, which may be released if it is scratched. The EU banned BPA from baby bottles in 2011.
When a deposit scheme was initiated in Germany, 98.5% of bottles were returned.
The Scandinavian countries, Iceland, and Estonia have adopted similar schemes. Scotland is considering a total ban.