‘We urgently need two things to happen – investment in recycling infrastructure to ease the pressure, and a serious plan to prevent plastic production from continuing to grow. That means developing sustainable alternatives to single-use, disposable plastic products, and the way to encourage innovation in this area is to hand full responsibility for the products to the companies designing them.
‘That means companies like Coca Cola not just making, filling and selling their bottles, but collecting, storing and recycling them afterwards. We’re confident that once they’re in control of the full life-cycle of their products, they’ll accept that they’re using the wrong material and switch to better, and cheaper, alternatives.’
Oceans campaigner for Greenpeace UK
Waste companies are pursuing new export destinations for plastics, but are also considering temporarily burying plastic waste, incineration, landfill and even converting it into jet fuel.
Environment secretary Michael Gove told MPs last month, ‘I don’t know what impact it will have. It is… something to which—I will be completely honest—I have not given sufficient thought.’