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Decline in plastic bags on seabed suggests measures to tackle waste are working


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The number of plastic bags found on the seabed has plummeted, suggesting efforts to combat plastic pollution are working. Government scientists compiled data on 25 years’ worth of plastic trawled from the bottom of the sea to examine litter trends in the waters surrounding the UK. While the findings have been heralded as evidence of successful policies to reduce plastic pollution, experts say the report shows that other items need to be dealt with as vigorously as plastic bags. Despite the reduction in carrier bags, the overall amount of deep-sea litter remained roughly constant due to an increase in the number of other plastic items, including bottles and fishing debris. The new research comes shortly after another report produced for the government that concluded the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is set to treble within a decade. Pledging to tackle this “scourge”, the government has implemented various measures to deal with plastic waste – most recently bottle deposit schemes.

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/plastic-bag-uk-seas-seabed-waste-pollution-ocean-reduce-environment-a8288526.html

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