The Yorkshire Post says: Turning the tide. Shame Minister over plastic

THANKS to Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II series, and the awareness-raising Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, the public have never been more aware about environmental matters.

Discarded plastic on a Yorkshire beach.

Yet, given the success of charges for carrier bags, they want to do more and are becoming exasperated at the lack of Ministerial progress on the introduction of a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles – or the introduction of the so-called ‘latte levy’ to tackle the UK’s throwaway culture.

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Though Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey drew laughs in the House of Commons when told litter louts ‘don’t be a tosser’, she’s not a stand-up comedian. And, in fact, it’s no laughing matter. She’s the lead Minister on this issue. If she won’t act, local communities – and councils – should shame her into action by introducing schemes of their own to start turning the tide.