I’m delighted to have signed Early day motion 963. This supports the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Parliament campaign to eliminate single-use plastic items from the parliamentary estate and calls on the Government to take steps to introduce a phased ban of such products across the UK.
The vast amount of plastic that enters the oceans every year damages marine life and spoils coastal landscapes across the UK and the world. The Government is taking action to address this and in its 25 Year Environment Plan, it pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042. More must, however, be done and we all have a role to play.
In 2017, the House of Commons purchased over 2 million avoidable single-use plastic items, including plastic straws and stirrers, coffee cups and lids, plastic cutlery and water bottles. This must change.