Feb 28th, 2018
Bottle Deposits – next steps
By Becca McCarthy
Michael Gove is delaying plans to bring back a “bottle deposit scheme” to stop plastic pollution.  Today MPs are calling him out on it.  Newspapers are too. 
Michael Gove will be feeling the heat. All that’s missing is a huge wave of public pressure – telling him to bring back the scheme now.
Here’s the plan: Michael Gove uses social media like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the public. He’ll have a team whose job it is to respond to people’s messages there. If thousands of us send messages on Twitter and Facebook saying the public wants a bottle deposit scheme, it will quickly filter up to Michael Gove himself. He’ll know the public want him to tackle plastic pollution now.
Will you send a message to Michael Gove on Twitter demanding he brings back a bottle deposit scheme? It only takes one minute:
Bringing back a deposit return scheme is has only got on Michael Gove’s agenda because thousands of us joined together to tell him to do it. Environmental charity ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ launched a huge petition on the 38 Degrees website and over 320,000 of us signed it.  We even took a huge plastic boat made of bottles to Westminster to show MPs the scale of the problem. 
He’s said all the right things so far, but now it looks like he’s stalling at the last hurdle.  If thousands of us flood Michael Gove’s Facebook and Twitter pages with messages, he’ll have nowhere to hide from the pressure to keep his promise and stop plastic pollution.
 Sky News: Government ‘dragging its feet’ on deposit return scheme for plastic bottles:
Surfers Against Sewage: SAS urges government to stay on course with deposit return: https://www.sas.org.uk/uncategorised/sas-urges-government-stay-course-deposit-return/
 Twitter: Mary Creagh MP:
Twitter: Environmental Audit Committee:
 The Guardian: Government ‘dragging its feet’ over plastic bottle scheme, say MPs:
BBC News: The papers:
 38 Degrees: Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans:
You can read more about Surfers Against Sewage here:
 38 Degrees Facebook: Turning the tide on plastic pollution:
Surfers Against Sewage: Pressure for Deposit Returns Grows as 270,000 Signatures Delivered to Downing Street:
 See note  and