Chris Evans, the Member of Parliament for Islwyn, has joined the campaign to encourage schools and the Council to get tough on plastic in support for a proposed law to reduce plastic manufacturing and use.
Mr Evans was among dozens of MPs to support the new Plastics Bill presented by Geraint Davies MP, which will ensure all plastic is recyclable by 2025 and would make producers pay for the cost of recycling.
According to research by the United Nations, unless action is taken soon there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. While the UK Government have set a deadline of 2042 to make all plastic recyclable, the new Plastics Bill will bring this deadline forward to 2025 – a much needed step in ensuring the protection and preservation of marine environments.
Over 200 schools across the UK have signed up to the Plastic Free Schools programme, which is run by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage. The programmes aims to educate children of the devastating long-term impacts that single-use plastics can have on the environment, and encourages schools to ditch the use of non-recyclable plastics.
Speaking at the Parliamentary campaign event for the Plastics Bill, Mr Evans said: “It’s a crucial time to get serious about cutting out plastic in our communities and reduce its production and use.
“By implementing the Plastics Bill into law we will ensure that plastic producers instead of local council tax payers pay for the cost of recycling plastic. As an island surrounded by a variety of marine environments, it is important that the UK shows global leadership on this issue sooner rather than later.
“Locally we need to set an example by reducing our own plastic consumption in schools, at work and in the council. Currently 90% of the cost of plastic recycling is paid for by our local council taxpayers, but the Plastics Bill will make the producers of plastics pay for this instead. This will encourage producers to innovate and reduce plastic pollution.”