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Plastic pollution is everybody’s business

Plastic pollution is a growing problem, particularly in our oceans. Around 80% of ocean plastic flows from sources on land and has a devastating impact on marine life. We can all play our part to turn the tide on plastic pollution. Deposit return and reverse vending are land-based solutions to this ocean-borne problem – and we can all get involved.

About plastic pollution

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The impact of plastic pollution

The impact of plastic leaking into the environment is cause for huge concern. Not only does it have a devastating impact on our shores and wildlife, microplastics consumed by sea creatures – and the chemicals associated with those plastics – are also working their way up the food chain to humans.

The average human now eats a credit card worth of plastic each week², and the impact on human physiology is still unknown. Microplastics have been identified in drinking water and beer, and are even falling in the rain.³

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Impact of deposit return and reverse vending

What role can you play?

Plastic pollution knowledge hub

Want to find out more about the impact of plastic pollution and how you can play your part? Explore our resources:



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1 “New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics,” World Economic Forum. January 2016.
2 "No plastic in nature: Assessing plastic ingestion from nature to people," WWF. 2019.
3 "Plastic rain in protected areas of the United States," Science. 2020.
4 DRS: Derived from GlobalData sales and redemption data from European deposit system operators. 2019. Available upon request. Curbside: “PETCORE Europe Presentation 2020,” Eunomia. 2020.
5 “Understanding the effects of marine debris on wildlife,” CSIRO. 2014.