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More expensive, presumably, than altering the landscape, poisoning wildlife and making the world uglier.

It is high time that mealy-mouthed ministers took themselves off for a little more refreshment, in the hope that it might give them the guts to tell the soft drinks industry that some things matter more than the bottom line of the balance sheets of multinational corporations. The manufacturers of plastic bags fought tooth and nail to prevent the Government forcing shops to introduce a 5p charge, so that customers used fewer of them.

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The approach passively encourages littering, which is why the Daily Mail has launched a campaign to introduce a new deposit system aimed at reducing the blight of plastic bottles that are not recycled. Creating ‘a cleaner, healthier environment, benefiting people and the economy’ is listed as the top priority of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It has long been trying to shake off its reputation as the most useless government department in Whitehall, but on plastic waste it runs true to form.

The story’s worth repeating, because plastic ducks are funny. But, for some reason, we don’t seem to notice plastic bottles so much, not least because they are transparent.

Yet take a walk on a beach almost anywhere and you are certain to find them.

The plastic bag you were given by the supermarket was unused. So the soft drinks manufacturers would have to take a break from thinking of new products to make us even fatter and devise effective ways of cleaning the receptacles they expect us to put to our lips.

In 1992, a freight ship crossing the Pacific from the factories of China to the toyshops of Seattle ran into a storm.

Several containers containing bath-time toys were washed overboard, where the action of the sea opened the containers, releasing almost 30,000 plastic ducks.

For those whose geography is rusty, Iceland is in the Atlantic Ocean.

They have since turned up on beaches all over the world.

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