This article came out this week on the quantitative amount of plastic in our oceans.

Eight million tonnes of plastic are going into the ocean each year

It promotes a cash for containers scheme as one of the most effective ways to control plastic from drink bottles.  Then asks the question would  tax on all disposable plastic items be the way forward to control plastic waste.  The simple answer is yes.  Almost all disposable plastic items are not needed and we would do just fine with out them.