Tackling the Plastic Problem

This week, George responded to a debate on plastics on behalf of the Government. He was pleased to pay tribute to Portreath School, who recently visited Parliament to speak about the excellent work they have been doing to help tackle the scourge of plastic waste in our oceans, and Mount Hawke Academy, whose students have written a variety of thoughtful and intelligent letters about this issue.

He was also able to acknowledge the excellent work done by Cornish campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, whose work on tackling plastic is recognised nationally.

The government has pledged to crack down on plastics by eliminating all avoidable plastic waste through extending the 5p plastic bag charge to small retailers, removing consumer single use plastics from the government estate, supporting the water industry to significantly increase water fountains and working with retailers on introducing plastic-free supermarket aisles.

George said “Our successes show us that we can all make a difference if we act. I could not be more proud of the leading role that Cornwall is taking in tackling plastic, and helping ensure that the UK is a world leader in environmental protection”.