This week, Tom Brake MP lent his support to a campaign by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and Friends of the Earth to reduce plastic pollution and the amount of plastic we use.
Carshalton & Wallington Tom Brake said:
"I am backing the Plastic Pollution Bill as it is important to take urgent action and tackle the plastic waste that is harming our environment and our wildlife. With tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea each year, we simply cannot wait any longer to take action. The government must act now to preserve our environment for the sake of present and future generations."
Ann Jones, Vice Chair of the NFWI said:
"The numbers are shocking. Only 9% of all plastic waste has ever been recycled. If we are to end the scourge of plastic pollution we need strategic action from our government and we urge the government to lead on this hugely important issue."
Chris Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said:
"We are delighted that Tom Brake MP is backing the call for a new law to tackle the plastic crisis. The Government must listen to growing concerns and turn the tide of plastic waste that’s polluting our environment and harming our wildlife."
Tom Brake coordinated a cross-party letter to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, calling on the government to set targets to phase out non-essential single use of plastics by 2025 and eradicate almost all plastic pollution by 2042.