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Gove clutching at straws with new plastic strategy says Lib Dems

May 22, 2019 11:23 PM
By David Green

Gove clutching at straws with new plastic strategy

Responding to the Government's proposals to bring in new controls on plastic items, Liberal Democrat DEFRA spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

"It is good to see that the Government finally conceded that there is a need to get serious about plastic pollution, but this plan is not ambitious enough to save our seas.

"We need to tackle our throw-away culture, and this new government strategy doesn't come close to taking the steps we need to take. If we are waiting a year to bring in these changes, 4,700 million straws and 1,800 million plastic cotton buds will be thrown away before we get real about tackling it.

"Instead of reheating old press releases about taking action in a years time, they should take action now to protect our environment for future generations."