Coca-Cola and McDonalds make up 2/3’s of the UK’s Packaging and Plastic Pollution

McDonald's makes up the greatest proportion of England's litter by brand |  Daily Mail Online

In a recent article publish by THE BIG ISSUE Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Tesco are responsible for 65% of packaging collected across the UK. An interview with a conservation scientist Brendan Godly explained,

“Plastic packaging is polluting the ocean, impacting marine species and destroying habitats”


Big companies like these must start to take responsibility for their role in pollution. New alternatives such as offering refills in multi-use containers by paying an up-front deposit. This idea can drastically cut down on litter and offer a better way of recycling.

The biggest litter pickup group ever arranged by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) had over 4000 volunteers covering over 11,000 miles. They collected a recorded number of nearly 10,000 branded pieces of pollution that were linked to 328 companies. People were shocked at the amount of pollution coming from best-known brands and became disappointed at their lack of attention to the problem. A representative for Coca-Cola said,

“It’s disappointing to see any packaging being littered and that’s why we support the introduction of a well-designed deposit return scheme, which would encourage people to recycle rather than litter or throw away. “

This issue isn’t just happening in the UK, this issue is damaging our oceans all around the world. Organizations like SAS and FoLAR have done a great job of organizing pick-up groups to help clean our environment and bring awareness to this worldwide dilemma. Big companies must be held accountable for their actions and now start to make a change by putting in the work.

I believe that these changes cannot be held up any more and must be be controlled. Through new laws, we can establish rules that can further prevent new plastic from entering the ocean.

Published by Colin Cuff

Hi I'm Colin Cuff. I'm a Junior at La Canada High School. I'm focused on cleaning up our oceans and making the Earth a more livable place for future generations.

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