Zero waste

A volunteer trying out CPRE's portable reverse vending machine
A volunteer trying out CPRE's portable reverse vending machine

We want to reduce waste, including harmful plastics and other single-use packaging, to enhance and protect our natural spaces and our climate.

Waste in our countryside harms our soils, rivers and oceans. Excessive and single-use packaging costs money to remove, destroy or recycle, and contributes to the climate emergency. It’s time for change.

We’re calling for a comprehensive deposit return system for all drinks containers, a commonly littered item, to increase recycling of these items to over 90%.

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Schoolchildren urge Michael Gove to back an ‘all-in’ deposit return system

In March 2019 we took we brought a group of some of the most passionate, savvy and environmentally aware children from Damers First School in Dorset to meet Michael Gove.

They didn’t hold back as they told the then environment secretary exactly what they want – a plastic-free future – and exactly how to do it – with an all-in deposit return system.

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