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Govt consultations on plastic must be followed by action

February 18, 2019 10:22 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Overslade litter pick Oct 2017 (2)The Government is seeking views on plans to make local authorities collect the same kind of materials for household recycling and on improving how businesses recycle in England.

In February 2018, Councillor Tim Douglas (Paddox) and Councillor Noreen New (Paddox) proposed a motion to ensure Rugby Borough Council does more to reduce single use plastic waste within the authority, adopt the Waste and Resources Action Programme and engage more with local environmental groups, businesses and residents to cut their plastic waste.

Rugby Liberal Democrats urge the Council to take the lead on reducing plastic waste and help improve our environment; the costs of turning a blind eye to this issue are too high

Responding to the Government's launch of several consultations looking at overhauling the waste system, cutting plastic pollution, and moving towards a more circular economy, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael said:

"Whilst the Government fail to get a grip of the crisis facing our environment, the detrimental effects to the UK's wildlife continues. The Liberal Democrats have been clear about the need for a plastic bottle deposit scheme and the Conservative Government must follow through on these consultations with action.

"The Liberal Democrats will also continue to fight for a ban on all single-use plastic within three years and the introduction of a levy on all producers and retailers that produce or use single-use plastics."

"If the Conservative Government was as good at recycling plastic as they are at recycling consultations then our environment would be in better shape than it is. It is good that the Government is thinking of acting, but the problem is urgent and needs to be taken seriously."

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