The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has written to Environment Secretary Michael Gove to request government support for a deposit return scheme (DRS) pilot in the capital to protect rivers and the ocean from pollution caused by plastic water bottles.
The move follows a report on bottled water by the London Assembly Environment Committee. The Mayor is planning to introduce a budget for a DRS pilot from April.
Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, said: “Last Sunday’s episode of the BBC documentary ‘Blue Planet’ showing a pilot whale and her dead new-born baby really brought home how our actions can so detrimentally affect our planet.
“We welcome London being a test-bed to explore the range of options available, in a joint effort to eradicate plastic waste.
“We are encouraged by the positive noises made in yesterday’s budget and call on the government to go further – for the sake of our planet.”