Each Friday we provide you with the essential plastic news from the week. This week, we're pleased to be bringing you the latest updates from Scotland and Norway. Plus announcing this week's #PassOnPlastic hero!

#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week

A huge congratulations to Silloth Primary School for being the #PassOnPlastic Heros of the week!

The students at Silloth Primary School have pledged to remove all single-use plastic from their school. And if that wasn't enough, they're also encouraging their local community to do the same by hosting a plastic pollution themed art exhibition. Visit their website gallery to see some of their art!

1. Scotland launches 20p deposit scheme for plastic bottles

Scotland has announced that cans, plastic bottles and glass will be included in a new deposit scheme to be introduced in 2021.

For each bottle purchased, an additional 20p will be charged. However, customers will get this back upon returning the empty bottles to a deposit return bank.

This scheme has the ambitions to reduce the current 700,00 littered plastic bottles to just 100,00. Click here for more information

Norway set to ban single-use plastics items including ear buds, cutlery, straws and more

The new single-use plastic ban is set to be introduced in spring 2020, encouraging plastic items to be converted to a wooden alternative and cutting an estimated 45 tons of waste.

Norway's ban will include items including knives, forks, spoons, plates, straws, chopsticks, earbuds and many others. Despite this, Norway and many other countries still have a long way to go until we reach a point of truly saving our oceans. Read more here.

Mosques ban plastic to promote environmentally friendly Ramadan

Many mosques traditionally distribute plastic water bottles every night during the holy month. However, this year, many are implementing an eco-friendly approach by gifting their congregation a reusable bottle. 

Green Lane Mosque revealed that a total of 800-1,000 bottles are distributed every evening during Ramadan. But have since announced a plastic ban. 

For more information, click here.