Survey: Who is to blame for plastic waste?

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By Saffron Coffield and Hope Strang

Surfers Against Sewage claim that: ‘Each year more than a million sea birds are killed by plastic pollution.’

Despite this, the UK currently uses approximately five million tonnes of plastic annually.

Waste and Resources Action Programme UK(WRAP) claims that,in one year a household can produce an average of 55 kilograms of plastic alone.

Campbeltown Courier took to the streets and asked: ‘What would you do to lessen the use of plastics?’

Retired teacher from Whitehouse, Michael O’ Donnell, 65, said :’Some things should be made from paper instead of plastic, like egg boxes and plastic cups.’

When asked if he recycles from home, he replied: ‘Yes, my wife is an avid recycler.’ 50_c32voxpop01_Michael O’ Donnell

Housing advisor Lisa Nicholson, 47, said that her family have been trying their best to reduce the amount of plastic waste in their household.

Lisa said: ‘We’ve been using bars of soap instead of handwash, people should try and buy food with less plastic packaging.’ 50_c32voxpop10_Lisa Nicholson

Ruaridh MacGregor, 20, a Campbeltown painter and decorator, said: ‘People should re-use their water bottles for work, rather than buying a new one every time.

With regards to recycling at home, he added: ‘We try to do the best we can.’50_c32voxpop11_Ruaridh MacGregor

Retired bus driver Brian Dewar, 60, had a similar approach to lessening his use of plastics, he said: ‘You should re-use bottles, just wash them out and use them again.’ 50_c32voxpop03_Brian Dewar

Visitor to Campbeltown, Lauren MacLellan, 53, a retired teaching assistant from Kent, had a suggestion for retailers: ‘Shops should use less plastics, and use linen bags instead’

‘I also support the recent ban on plastic straws.’ 50_c32voxpop09_Lauren MacLellan

Sarah Brown, 16, a pupil from Tarbert Academy said: ‘They should use paper packaging in chip shops, its easier to recycle.’ 50_c32voxpop12_Sarah Brown

Her friend Jamie Blair, 16, also at Tarbert Academy added: ‘Paper bags should be used instead of plastic ones.’ 50_c32voxpop07_Jamie Blair

Pensioner Ellen Smiley, 81, and Connor Halligan, 15, are recurring visitors to Campbeltown. They shared similair views on plastic waste.

Ellen said:’ I use folding bags instead of plastic ones, it will be worth it in the long run.’ 50_c32voxpop06_Ellen Smiley

Connor, who enjoys being around wildlife, agreed: ‘Everyone should recycle, it’s a must.’ 50_c32voxpop05_Connor Halligan

Free church minister, Reverend Rodger Crooks, 63, suggested that it’s mainly down to the retailers to reduce plastic waste. He said:’ It’s not up to consumers, it’s up to the food industry.

‘We don’t need plastic bags and bottles. There’s an incredible amount of packaging on food and products, especially electrical appliances.’ 50_c31voxpop02_Rodger Crooks

Bruce Strang, 52, owner of Dellwood Hotel, said: ‘Stop buying carrier bags and buy biodegrable ones instead.’50_c32voxpop04_Bruce Strang

Retired Fife teacher, Jean Ferguson, 60, said: ‘We should revert back to paperbags. I used to get my shopping in them, there should be something biodegradable.’ 50_c32voxpop08_Jean Ferguson