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Former Forres Academy pupil Lisa Walton starts petition calling on UK Government to enforce bottle deposit recycling scheme


By Garry McCartney

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Lisa recycling plastic bottles at her dad’s home in Twickenham. The former Forres Academy pupil is passionate about recycling.
Lisa recycling plastic bottles at her dad’s home in Twickenham. The former Forres Academy pupil is passionate about recycling.

A FORMER Forres Academy pupil is asking the community to sign her petition aimed at reducing waste.

Lisa Walton (19), a BA Geography student at the University of Brighton, wants the UK government to enforce a bottle deposit recycling scheme, a process used in Germany with effective results.

She explained: “The UK only recycles 44.1 per cent of total waste produced - Germany recycles 66.7 per cent. This will continue to cause negative impacts on our environment if not changed!”

Lisa recently completed her first year at university but has decided to try and save the environment full-time.

She first became interested in the environment while she studied at Forres Academy.

She said: “Geography steered me in the direction of conservation and finding out how to preserve our planet while preventing further damage.”

Lisa’s parents are German and English so she often travels between Europe and the UK.

She said: “It’s exciting going to Germany, collecting plastic bottles to recycle in department stores and supermarkets. This has significantly contributed to Germany’s recycling success.”

She finished: “There is currently no bottle deposit recycling scheme across the UK. The return was first mentioned in 2018 but has been pushed out to 2024. If we continue to postpone strategies to improve our environment, we will face a point of no return. My petition is to show the UK government that people care about making a change.”

Sign Lisa’s petition and share the link via https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/617288



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