Scots More Concerned About Plastic Litter in the Ocean Than Their Own Neighbourhoods

A new poll of Scots by Survation for Greenpeace UK found that 37% are very concerned by the levels of plastic litter in the ocean, nearly double that who are very concerned about the amount of plastic litter in their neighbourhood (19%).


Two in five Scots (40%) were also very concerned about the effect that plastic litter can have on marine wildlife and birds.


Elsewhere in the poll:

  • Scots were split over whether they thought the Scottish government were doing enough to increase the amount of plastic waste that is recycled, with 29% agreeing that they were doing enough, but 31% disagreeing.
  • Three-quarters of Scots support the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme whereby a deposit is paid to retailers upon the purchase of a soft drink and is fully refunded by the retailer when the customer returns the container.
  • Over a third of Scots (38%) would be willing to pay more than 10p as a deposit if the scheme was introduced. Nearly two-thirds (62%) would be willing to pay more than 5p, with only 12% saying they would not be willing to pay a deposit.


Full tables are available here. Survation interviewed 1,029 Scottish adults aged 16+ between 2nd – 7th November 2016. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Survation's Senior Project Manager and all-round superstar from 2014-2018. Chris's only experience of failure during this period related to his loyal support of Colchester United and a close affinity with Ricky Gervais' character David Brent in the UK TV version of "The Office". Chris is currently Data Visualisation & Statistics Specialist at House of Commons. Chris graduated in 2013, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Course leader, Lord Norton of Louth.

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