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New Water 'Refill' Stations Encourage People To Ditch Plastic For Free

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Officials and environmental activists have been hotly contesting how best to approach waste disposal in the United Kingdom; lately there have been heated discussion over a proposed "latte levy," which would charge customers extra money if they used a disposable cup at a coffee shop.

What brought this on? Like most developed countries, Britain has a problem with producing garbage. A lot of that garbage is plastic, a material that is currently clogging our oceans and threatening to overtake fish as a maritime inhabitant. For perspective, consumers in the U.K. use about 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, and only half of those are recycled.