UK - Surfers Against Sewage #ReturnToOffender campaign exposes top 12 plastic polluters

UK marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has released the results of its #ReturnToOffender digital clean-up campaign, revealing the UK’s top 12 plastic polluters.

The 12 have been dubbed ‘The Dirty Dozen’, and are responsible for 56% of UK plastic and packaging pollution, with Coca-Cola remaining to be the worst polluter out of 207 brands, responsible for 15% of the plastic waste recorded. Tied in second place, each responsible for 6%, was Lucozade Energy, Walkers Crisps and Pepsi.

The goal of the #ReturnToOffender campaign was to challenge big brands on the volume of plastic and packaging pollution found on beaches and other wild spaces. Thousands of people around the UK took part, documenting the branded plastic and packaging pollution they found during their isolated outdoor activity during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“Anti-littering campaigns will be set for further failure unless the root causes of plastic pollution are addressed through a radical change in our approach to materials and recycling systems,” said Amy Slack, Head of Campaigns at SAS. “Big business continues to put profits ahead of preventing plastic pollution and we urge them to deliver fast and meaningful action today to protect the planet.”

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