Campaign group Greenpeace has urged environment secretary Michael Gove to resist pressure from manufacturers and retailers to weaken the proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) by excluding larger bottles.
A 9m-long bottle (pictured) was assembled from discarded plastic bottles by Greenpeace volunteers and presented to him as part of a campaign.
The group said the Government’s own figures showed more than six million bottles a year could be littered, landfilled or incinerated if the Government weakened plans to introduce reverse vending machines.
The campaign group said it feared the impact on policy of “industry giants…lobbying for the scheme to exclude all bottles bigger than 750ml, as well as all milk bottles made from HDPE plastic”.
Sam Chetan-Welsh, Greenpeace UK political adviser, said: “A watered down scheme would confuse customers and allow billions of bottles to pollute the environment, and it would also be less valuable to our economy.
“The environment secretary must hold his nerve in the face of industry lobbying and introduce an all-in DRS, covering all sizes and materials, which actually does what it sets out to do.”
The presentation bottle was built by artist Lulu Quinn from more than 2,500 plastic bottles collected by volunteers.
Picture: Paul Heackett/ Greenpeace