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Plastic and environment: More controlled life packaging could cut UK’s litter

Controlled-life or oxo-biodegradable plastic could significantly cut the amount of plastic waste polluting the UK’s towns, countryside and rivers, according to Symphony Environmental Technologies (Borehamwood, Hertfordshire / UK; www.symphonyplastics.com), which developed the “d2w” range of degradable products, in response to a study carried out by the UK’s anti-litter campaign group Litter Heroes (www.litterheroes.co.uk).

The study named leading brands – including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s – that topped the list of packaging litter left across the country. Of almost 8,000 pieces of litter surveyed, drinks bottles and cans accounted for 34%, confectionary wrappers 18%, fast food packaging 13% and crisp packets 8%.

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