Single Use Plastic: Bury MP Calls On Government To Do More

Away from the Brexit chaos in Westminster we've been speaking to Bury North MP James Frith as we continue our week investigating single use plastics.

So far we've looked at what is happening locally to tackle how much single use plastic is used but it is generally acknowledged that in order for real progress to be made the government need to bring in new laws.

The plastic bag charge is widely held up as a good example of using legislation to tackle pollution and the government are currently consulting on a range of other ideas including a bottle deposit scheme and taxes on packaging.

The Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said on several occasions that the government are committed to tackling single use plastics.

However any new initiatives are likely to take years to bring in, much to the frustration of campaigners and Bury North MP James Frith.

"Businesses I talk to who want to move into sustainable plastics or sustainable materials they can't move until the government legislates to put everyone on an even footing" Mr Frith told us.

"The minute they do their products become more expensive and they lose market share.

"The 5p and 10p tax on plastic bags has been a revelation frankly. People aren't using plastic in the same way but then what we need is the government to improve the floor we are all working on."

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