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 across the globe. Plus announcing this week's #PassOnPlastic hero!

#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week

Congratulations to Ben for being this week's #POP Hero!

Ben is preparing to take on the bold challenge of swimming 300 miles through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch! All to collect scientific data and inspire others to Pass On Plastic too.  It's not a small journey; it's 300 nautical miles, to be exact... all the way from Hawaii to California. Ben will be swimming through the largest of the offshore plastic accumulation zones in the world's oceans, almost entirely made up of tiny bits of plastic, called microplastics.  Good Luck Ben!

1. 633 Sea Divers collect litter for seabeds in Florida

Divers in Florida have broken a world record after collecting 737kg of plastic from a seabed. The team took part in the clean-up near Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, becoming the largest group to retrieve marine debris. Jack Fishman, who was apart of the team said they collected more than 9,000 pieces of trash.

Learn more about their seabed clean-up here

2. UK river is 'more polluted than Great Pacific Garbage Patch'

After conducting research in 13 of the UK's rivers, Greenpeace has found all contained microplastics. A total of 1,2,71 pieces of plastic were found across the sample rivers. The worst site was the River Mersey, where 875 pieces of plastic were found in half an hour, making it more polluted than the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" as mentioned above. Fiona Nicholls, ocean plastics campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said the study was a "wake-up call" for the government since microbeads, despite having been partially banned, were found in five rivers while seven rivers had plastic pellets known as nurdles. 

Read more about the studies here.

3. Deposit Schemes could help us reduce plastic waste significantly

An estimated 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste could be prevented if the UK adopted deposit schemes. It has yet to be decided what form of deposit scheme will be adopted but the government will ensure that any scheme introduced will apply to all drinks containers, not just bottles containing less than 750ml.

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