Kerry welcomes microbeads announcement

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25 July 2017

I am delighted that the Government announced last week the strongest ban on microbeads anywhere in the world to date. This is an issue on which I have long campaigned. I was the first MP to call on the Environment Secretary to ban microbeads and have been campaigning for wider measures to stem the flow of plastics into our seas and oceans, including via the Facebook page I set up with Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West: Let's Stop Plastic Pollution.

I will not just take their word for it, but will closely scrutinise the legislation they bring forward to ensure their definition of plastic covers all types and to ensure we can ultimately broaden the ban to cover all products that go down the drain (including make-up etc).

I am also very heartened to hear the new Environment Secretary is exploring other options for reducing the flow of plastics into our seas, and to “improve incentives for reducing waste and litter”. He particularly mentions an expert group will be considering the advantages and disadvantages of different types of deposit return schemes; something I pressed the Government to undertake when I was Shadow Environment Secretary. I will monitor and scrutinise the Government’s proposals very carefully and am looking forward to ensuring it delivers on its promises and we can see some real action in reducing plastic pollution.



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