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Plastic waste has shot up the social and political agendas. What are the numbers behind the headlines?
It is an issue which so far this year has captured headlines and shot up the social and political agenda worldwide: how do we cut down on plastic waste?
Responding to growing public concern, in April the UK government committed £60 million to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution. In the same month, dozens of retailers and manufacturers – including giants such as Coca-Cola and Asda – signed a voluntary pledge to cut plastic packaging in Britain.
It was later suggested that certain single-use products, such as cottonbuds or wet wipes, could face an outright ban. The following charts highlight in numbers some of the problems posed by plastic - and our growing concern about the issue.
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