The UK government wants your opinions about whether or not a deposit scheme for plastic bottles would be a good idea or not, as it considers options to stop the country joining mainland Europe because we're filling the channel with Diet Coke bottles.
Michael Gove said something inoffensive for once in launching the consultation, explaining: "We must protect our oceans and marine life from plastic waste if we are to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. That means tackling the rise in plastic bottles entering our waters by making it simpler and easier to recycle and dispose of them appropriately."
The bad news is that opinions and evidence gained through the consultation will be fed into the government working group that's investigating the matter, with one key member of this group being the Coca Cola corporation; a company that has a bit of a vested interest in being allowed to carry on making literally one hundred billion plastic bottles each year. [GOV]