Three in four people confused about how to reduce single-use plastics

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
71% of respondents now own a reusable bottle

New research released by North London Waste Authority (NWLA) has found 3 in 4 residents are confused about how to reduce their single-use plastics.

Half of the 2,020 UK adults surveyed by Censuswide thought that recycling as much as possible rather than not using plastic bottles was the best way to reduce the impact on the environment.

NWLA has therefore issued a reminder to encourage switching to reusable bottles under its Wise Up To Waste campaign.

Although 71% of respondents now have a reusable bottle, many admitted forgetting to use them and said more public places to refill would encourage their use.

NWLA has therefore called on more shops, bars and cafes to make it easier for people to refill their bottles on the go.

It is also running a series of roadshows across the seven north London Boroughs for residents to pick up free waste prevention tools.

BBC’s Blue Planet II did have a positive effect on behaviour however, with 69% admitting the documentary had led them to try to change their habits.

Clyde Loakes, NWLA chair, said: “Summer is a great time to remember that prevention is better than cure when it comes to plastic pollution.

“It’s fantastic that Blue Planet has encouraged so many people to adopt more environmentally friendly habits.”

An estimated 13bn plastic bottles are used in the UK, with 700,000 littered every day.

North London businesses can support the switch to reusable bottles by downloaded a ‘refill here’ poster.

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