Majority of Britons concerned about plastic as Zero Waste Week begins

Four out of five Britons are concerned about rising levels of single-use plastic consumption in the UK, according to a new poll, as this year’s Zero Waste Week (3-7 September) focuses on the issue of disposable plastics.

A recent survey of 2,090 adults in the UK, commissioned by Zero Waste Week – now in its eleventh year – and carried out by Populus, revealed increasing anxiety amongst the general population regarding single-use plastics.

Of those surveyed, 80 per cent stated that they were ‘concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ about the levels of single-use plastics generated in the UK, with only two per cent saying they ‘weren’t concerned at at all’, three per cent saying they ‘weren’t very concerned’ and 15 per cent saying they were ‘neither concerned nor unconcerned’.

Founded in 2008, Zero Waste Week aims to encourage people to reduce their consumption and the amount of waste they produce by making small changes to their everyday lives and routines.