Rivers (Plastic Protection)

27th June 2019

The Resources and Waste strategy, published last year, sets out plans to reduce plastic pollution with a target of eliminating all avoidable waste over the lifetime of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. The majority of aquatic litter originates from land based sources therefore I believe the best approach to stemming the flow of plastic is by taking action on land.

The UK’s world-leading ban on microbeads will help stop potentially billions of tiny pieces of plastic from entering the aquatic environment every year. As well as this, 15.6 billion fewer bags have been handed out to shoppers by the seven main retailers since the introduction of the plastic bag charge in 2015. I am also pleased that following an open consultation, a ban on the supply of plastic straws – excluding those needed for medical purposes - drinks stirrers and cotton buds will come into force in April next year.

Ministers have also consulted on a number of key policy measures which will significantly change the way we manage our waste. These include: reforming existing packaging waste regulations; exploring the introduction of a deposit return scheme for drinks containers; and increasing consistency in the recycling system; with a parallel consultation on the ‘Plastic Packaging Tax’ which the Chancellor announced in the Budget last year. The responses to these consultations will be published in due course.

On the Environment Bill, draft clauses on environmental principles and governance have now been published. I am encouraged that these clauses are only part of a broader Bill, which will include legislative measures to take direct action to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age: air quality, nature recovery, waste and resource efficiency, and water resource management.

Coronavirus - COVID-19

Image by Olga Lionart from Pixabay

For the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest medical advice visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

CLICK HERE for Gloucestershire Community Help Hub

Gloucestershire County Council
01452 425000
 
Cotswolds DC: 
By phone
  • Main switchboard: 01285 623000
  • Emergency Out of Hours: 0151 343 2942
  • Telephone payments*: 01285 623666
 
Stroud DC: 01453 766321
www.stroud.gov.uk (inc. support services map)
Stroud Citizens Advice: 0808 8000510
Stroud Job Centre: 0800 1690190

 

(inc. financial support for individuals & businesses)
 
Emergency services: 999
Non-emergency medical: 111 or www.111.nhs.uk/
 
 
 
Universal Credit: 0800 3285644
 
 
UK Visas & immigration: 0300 1232253
 
National domestic Violence line: 0808 2000247
Gloucestershire Abuse support: 01452 726570

 

Ten Climate Actions To Celebrate

The Cotswolds

1. The UK passed the world’s first Climate Change Act over a decade ago with cross-party support. This gave us both a framework to set statutory carbon budgets and set up the independent Committee on Climate Change.

Latest Newsletter

Meeting between Chief Constable and Gloucestershire MPs

It has been 1,317 days since the result of the Brexit Referendum, I am sure I am not the only one who feels it has been longer, but tonight at 11 pm the Withdrawal Agreement comes into force and we will be leaving the EU immediately.

31st January 2020

View The Cotswolds in a larger map