The vast majority of Brits are concerned about plastic waste and want the government to do more to address the issue, according to new research by environmental activists Greenpeace, as the campaign group stepped up its campaign to highlight the amount of plastic .
More than 85 per cent of the public are worried about plastic waste, according to the study conducted by YouGov, and 81 per cent said the government should do more to deal with the problem.
Greenpeace is hoping to draw attention to the environmental impact of plastic and the fact hundreds of thousands of tonnes exported from the UK are being dumped and burned in countries such as Turkey.
“The plastic we carefully wash and sort for recycling is being shipped off to other countries where it overwhelms their waste systems and much of it ends up illegally dumped or burnt, poisoning local people and polluting oceans and rivers,” said Sam Chetan-Welsh, political campaigner at Greenpeace.
“The government could put a stop to this but so far Boris Johnson is only offering half measures.”
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