Plastic Waste

11th January 2018

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed new measures announced by the government to reduce the use of plastics, to help protect the environment.

The Government has announced it will encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles in which all the food is loose - giving people the choice to make greener decisions and promote the use of less damaging plastic packaging. It will also review how the tax system or charges could further reduce the amount of waste we create. A call for evidence on how to reduce the use of single-use plastics will begin next month.

The 5p charge for carrier bags, which has seen 9 billion fewer plastic bags used since its introduction, will also be extended to all retailers in England.

Mr Dunne said: "We have all become more aware of the impact of single use plastics, through national campaigns and the excellent BBC programme Blue Planet 2. So I welcome these latest steps from the government to help reduce plastic use in the UK.

“I know from organising litter picks in different towns across South Shropshire that plastic waste is a real issue. So I welcome these steps to help protect our local wildlife and environment, and keep South Shropshire clean and green."

“In the UK alone, the amount of single-use plastic wasted every year would fill 1,000 Royal Albert Halls. 1 million birds, and over 100,000 other sea mammals and turtles die every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.


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