Litter and plastic bottles; Scotland puts England to shame – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Nigel Bywater, Oak Grove, Morley.

What more can be done to encourage recycling?

WHEN we have had good weather, and people have been on lockdown and partial lockdown, there have been lots of people around and there has been litter left in parks and recreation fields.

Council staff have been working tirelessly in all weathers to combat the increasing amount of litter dumped on our streets and parks. I have been out litter picking myself, as have other volunteers all around Leeds. We can all take part in making a small difference in our local neighbourhood.

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In today’s world, there are plastic and aluminium containers scattered all around. These containers will not decompose for hundreds of years. Back in 2017, Michael Gove was contemplating a “reward and return” scheme for plastic bottles. When will this scheme be implemented? It would certainly have meant parks would be much cleaner.

Is Scotland putting England to shame when it comes to recycling?

Scotland has a ‘‘Deposit Return Scheme’’. People pay a small deposit of 20p when they buy a drink in a single-use container and then get the deposit back when they return the empty bottle or can. Why do they do things better in Scotland? Free university places, free prescriptions, PR in local elections and for the Scottish Parliament.

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