Hundreds of individuals depend their plastic waste for every week in a nationwide survey of how a lot we devour.
The depend, compiled by the group On a regular basis Plastic and Greenpeace, begins on Monday.
Solely the US makes use of extra plastic per individual per 12 months than the UK, analysis suggests.
Campaigners say the depend will shed distinctive gentle on how households devour the environmentally dangerous materials.
Big quantities of vitality and fossil fuels are wanted to make new plastic, and it lingers in the environment for a very long time. It’s also attainable to recycle plastic solely two or 3 times earlier than it deteriorates an excessive amount of.
Microplastics have been discovered in every single place, from human blood to Arctic snow.
About 151,000 households, 96 MPs and 4,180 lecture rooms will depend every bit of plastic they use from Could 16 to 22.
Authorities figures counsel that UK households can have recycled 44% of their waste by 2020.
However some plastics put in recycling bins go to landfills or incinerators, and even despatched overseas the place they are often dumped as a substitute. In 2020, BBC Information found mountains of plastic waste being despatched to Turkey from the UK.
“This depend is the biggest plastic survey ever performed within the UK. Thousands and thousands of us are doing our greatest to recycle however we do not actually know the place our plastic waste finally ends up,” Chris Thorne, Greenpeace’s plastic campaigner, informed BBC Information.
On a regular basis Plastic founder Daniel Webb counted his plastic for a 12 months in 2017 and crammed 40 rubbish luggage with waste.
“This expertise modified my life and altered how I understood the issue. Then I believed, what if different folks did the identical experiment as me?” he informed BBC Information.
Contributors within the Huge Plastic Depend obtain a package deal explaining easy methods to depend the plastic they use, divided into 19 classes. Then they add up every kind of plastic waste earlier than throwing it within the trash or recycling.
The info is being analyzed by On a regular basis Plastic and Greenpeace to get a nationwide image of plastic waste.
The campaigners say the federal government and supermarkets ought to take radical measures to scale back the quantity of plastic produced and enhance recycling charges.
Maria Hughes, who lives in Newport, Wales along with her husband and two kids, stated she is taking part as a result of she believes we’re “drowning in plastic”.
“I can not make the required change by myself. Finally, we want producers and supermarkets to alter the packaging of our meals,” she informed BBC Information.
Nadiya Catel-Arutyunova, Sustainability Coverage Advisor on the British Retail Consortium, informed BBC Information: “Retailers have been dedicated to eliminating single-use packaging for a while. Many have signed as much as the Plastics Pact and are working with suppliers to handle problematic or pointless single-use plastic packaging. UK supermarkets are additionally investing of their reuse/refill choices to radically scale back packaging.”
The cupboard hopes to introduce a deposit scheme and different measures to scale back plastic waste.
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