Litter epidemic needs Ministers to act; here’s why – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Crispin Truman, Chief Executive, CPRE.

This was the state of Paternoster Row, Sheffield, just last week.

LITTER is a completely avoidable blight that currently scars our countryside (The Yorkshire Post, December 17).

As more people than ever before venture into their local green space or countryside next door, it’s crucial that the Government redoubles efforts
to tackle litter and stops it 
piling up in our beautiful countryside.

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That’s why Ministers must follow through on pledges to tackle the scourge of litter. By investing in whole system solutions to address litter, including a fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme, we can deal with the long-lasting problem once and for all.

What more can be done to tackle Britian's litter epidemic?

That means no more delays 
on a fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme, which should
be introduced by 2023 at the latest.

Hugely successful in other European countries, these schemes are proven to help drive unprecedented recycling rates and ensure thousands of tonnes of litter don’t end up in the countryside.

We need a waste system that is responsive to changes in behaviour – our current system has been failing for a long time, the pandemic simply put a spotlight on the waste crisis and it’s high time Ministers stepped in.

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