Labour MP calls on government to abolish plastic packaging

Labour MP calls on government to abolish plastic packaging

Rachael Maskell speaking in the House of Commons

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Labour MP has called on the government to abolish plastic packaging by 2025.

Speaking in the Commons, Rachael Maskell said the government's response to plastic use was "woeful", and called for organic-based packaging material to be rolled out.

Raising the issue during Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy questions, Ms Maskell said: "The government's response to plastic use has been woeful with a 4 per cent increase in plastic use just last year and now more plastic in our oceans than fish in our seas.

"So in the light of this environmental calamity, will the government make a new commitment to ensure that only organic based packaging material is in place, no more plastics by 2025?".

Responding to her question, minister for business and industry Andrew Stephenson, said the government had already done "an awful lot".

"We've already taken over 15 billion plastic carrier bags out of the economy, we're consulting on a deposit return scheme, we've introduced proposals for a world leading new tax on plastic packaging which doesn't meet minimum thresholds," he said.

"There is more we can always do, but at the moment there is an awful lot we have already done."

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