Plastic Waste

16th May 2018

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed plans by the Houses of Parliament administration team to crack down on single-use plastic consumption on the Parliamentary Estate.

Parliament’s environment team found that around 2 million avoidable single-use plastic items were consumed on the Parliamentary Estate in 2017.

Mr Dunne said: “As a member of the Environmental Audit Committee, I had called for disposable plastic cups to be removed from Committee Rooms. So I am pleased that several other proposals have also been made to crack down on single-use plastic consumption on the Parliamentary Estate - ensuring MPs get our own House in order!

Encouragingly the Director General of the House of Commons agreed with my view that we can and should do more, so over the next 12 months Parliament will ban the sale of plastic bottles, introduce an additional 25p charge for non-reusable coffee cups, replace plastic carrier bags with paper ones, and replace disposable catering items with compostable alternatives (which was my specific ask) as well as other measures.

I encourage constituents to do what they can to reduce consumption of single-use plastics, and help protect our environment in the process. I will be keeping up the pressure on government to do more, through the Environmental Audit Committee.”

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