Print vehicle registrations on drive-thru food packaging - Democracy 3.0

Campaign author: beahawkins

Sector: Environment

Print vehicle registrations on drive-thru food packaging

Printing a vehicle registration on drive-thru food packaging will encourage people to dispose of their waste responsibly, reducing litter on clean streets and cutting down pollution.

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Print vehicle registrations on drive-thru food packaging

Litter from drive-thru food packaging is becoming a more common occurrence in streets and country lanes across the UK, and I think the best way to stop this is to discourage drivers from dropping it in the first place. Printing the driver’s vehicle registration on food packaging that they get from drive-thrus would encourage people to dispose of their waste responsibly, helping us create greener streets and cutting down on the antisocial littering that harms the environment.

My name is Bea. I'm a sixth-form student and I am running this campaign because during the first lockdown in 2020, the lanes where I live became cleaner. Normally, you would expect to find fast-food packaging, empty drinks cans and other litter around. However, when the drive-thrus and shops closed this stopped, leaving less rubbish to decompose and pollute our countryside. It is great that the UK is coming out of a long period of lockdowns, but as people are asked to socialise outside, the amount of rubbish left lying around has increased dramatically.

My own experience of seeing more waste food packaging was confirmed in a report for the CPRE, the countryside charity, late last year. The report found that local councils across the UK saw a rise in fast-food related litter at the same time that drive-thrus re-opened and that the main source of litter in the countryside was from fast-food outlets. When the whole country is pulling together to cut carbon emissions and reduce waste, I don’t think that it is right that a minority still choose to pollute in such an antisocial way.

Let’s make people think twice about dropping their rubbish out of cars when they are done with it. With all the focus on creating a greener planet and giving the next generations a chance, asking fast-food vendors to act responsibly and label their packaging is a small step, but one firmly in the right direction.

More spoiling of the countryside

On a pleasant evening's drive along a country lane, this video explains what we found

update posted on 06/05/2021 05:19

  • Anonymous Comment
    Excellent idea!
  • Peter Ferguson
    Brilliant idea! Good for you. I absolutely abhor littering and just cannot understand the mentality of people who drop their rubbish anywhere but in a proper refuse bin.
    Good luck with your campaign.
  • Anonymous Comment
    Good luck with your campaign. I can't understand why some people are so thoughtless with their litter
  • Anonymous Comment
    Great cause - well done!
  • Anonymous Comment
    Thanks for highlighting and providing a solution on how to end this thoughtless type of pollution. Best of luck with your campaign.
  • Miss Eec Anne
    Brilliant idea and wonderfully presented. Happy to donate to help bring this idea to fruition. Thank you.
  • Anonymous Comment
    Great idea
  • Anonymous Comment
    I litter pick. More than 50% of what I pick up is alcahol related. We should ban any alcahol being carried in the passenger compartment of any vehicle as well. 12 month ban and car seized.
  • Anonymous Comment
    I think this is a great initiative which I completely support!
  • Miss H N Hoban
    Awesome campaign! Hope it goes well :)
  • Mrs P W Collingwood
    Go for it Bea.
  • Anonymous Comment
    This could be in the form of a bar code or QI code to maintain privacy.
  • Anonymous Comment
    hello, i would like to get in touch with you regarding the implementation of this proposal.
    you can contact me at philippefass@hotmail.com
    thanks!
  • Anonymous Comment
    Fed up with all empty cartons and bags littering the verges. Have said for a long while this should be done.
  • Robert. Thomson
    They should be fined £ 1000 per item found
  • Ann M Hood
    This would help our campaign against litter hugely. To be able to trace every litter bug back to their source world be some kind of preventative.
  • Mrs Louise Downes
    It's a great idea. Keep up the good work.
  • Renecca Toms
    Great idea Bea. Perhaps neighbourhood watch volunteers could litter pick and record number plates on a central dats base ? Then there is a potential for prosecution of repeat offenders.
  • Anonymous Comment
    Great idea,lets hope we see some changes
  • Anonymous Comment
    Brilliant idea. Rural areas such as ours in Devon are blighted by drive-thru litter.
  • Anonymous Donation
    13/05/2021 £130.00
  • Anonymous Donation
    11/05/2021 £5.00
  • Miss Eec Anne
    09/05/2021 £10.00
  • Miss H N Hoban
    05/05/2021 £10.00
  • Mrs Maia Riley
    05/05/2021 £10.00
  • Mrs P W Collingwood
    04/05/2021 £25.00
  • Linda Collingwood
    04/05/2021 £5.00
  • J Davies
    03/05/2021 £10.00
  • Anonymous Donation
    02/05/2021 £5.00
  • Mrs Louise Downes
    01/05/2021 £10.00
  • Renecca Toms
    28/04/2021 £10.00
  • Anonymous Donation
    27/04/2021 £10.00
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    26/04/2021 £20.00
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    21/04/2021 £20.00
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    20/04/2021 £5.00
  • Nicholas T Burrage
    20/04/2021 £10.00