Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

PM pledges £60m package to fight plastic pollution at CHOGM

PM pledges £60m package to fight plastic pollution at CHOGM

Theresa May will use this week's Commonwealth summit to launch a multi-million-pound bid to help rid the oceans of plastic pollution.

The PM will use a meeting of the 52 Commonwealth nations in London today to urge other countries to join the anti-plastic fight, under a new campaign from the United Kingdom and island state Vanuatu dubbed the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA).

Another £20m is to be spent to curb plastic and other environmental pollution generated by manufacturing.

Furthermore, the United Kingdom will commit £25 million to help researchers approach the scourge of marine plastic waste from a scientific, technical, economic and social perspective.

The ministry has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2018, which specifies phasing out of those multi-layered plastics (MLPs) that are "non-recyclable, non-energy recoverable or with no alternate use", an official statement said.

Speaking before a meeting of the Commonwealth heads of government in London, the prime minister said: "This week we will look closely at how we can tackle the many threats to the health of the world's oceans, including the scourge of marine plastic pollution".

The organisations will also host a series of events to engage industry leaders, corporations, institutions and foundations focused on the issue of marine plastic pollution.

"We are joining forces with our Commonwealth partners, bringing together global expertise to stop plastics waste from entering oceans - and by matching pound-for-pound the United Kingdom public's passionate response to the issue, we can make our shared ambition for clean oceans a reality". "If we stand together, we have the opportunity to send not only a powerful message to the world, but also to effect real change".

Britain, together with CCOA joint chair Vanuatu, will call on other countries to pledge action on plastics, be this by a ban on microbeads, a commitment to cutting down on single use plastic bags, or other steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

WWF chief executive Tanya Steele said: "This alliance, and the leadership the UK Government is showing through the Commonwealth, demonstrates that we're committed to being part of a global solution".

Sky and National Geographic have joined forces to stop plastic litter ending up in the world's oceans.

The research was led by teams at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom and the USA department of energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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