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Bottle Rules Proposed by U.K. Lawmakers to Curb Plastic in Ocean

Dec. 22, 2017, 2:24 PM

The U.K. should pay people who return their drink bottles and make tap water more freely available to curb the mountains of plastic waste that find their way into the oceans, members of Parliament said in a report.

A nationwide return-and-reward program for plastic bottles could increase the U.K.’s bottle recycling rate to 90 percent, according to the House of Commons’s Environmental Audit Committee. A little more than half the 13 billion plastic bottles used in Britain each year are recycled, with the rest sent to landfill, burned or left to litter streets.

A bottle deposit program plan has already...

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