Last week the Environment Bill continued to travel through Parliament, where a significant outcome was realised in the area of the reduction of plastic waste. In the future, the UK will make producers 100% responsible for the cost to dispose of their waste and in addition, a deposit return scheme on drinks containers will be made law.
Also, the single-use plastics charges will be expanded.
MP for Mid Sussex Mims Davies comments:
“This result reached in Parliament last week is extremely positive and will help us enormously in our local communities in Mid Sussex to work towards the 2050 net zero target. Through talking to many businesses as well as residents in Mid Sussex, I have been struck about how many of us are willing to change our business practices and consumer habits which I believe will stimulate new green jobs and reduced air pollution and I look forward to this Bill becoming law”.
Rebecca Pow, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says:
“The Government are committed to tackling plastic pollution and moving towards sustainable alternatives”.
“The primary focus of the Bill, and the resource efficiency powers that we are currently debating, is improving the natural environment. That will benefit workers and communities who depend on their natural environment for clean air, clean water and a stable climate, as well as improving the durability and reparability of products so that they last longer and provide better value”
Notes for Editors:
The next event in the Environment Bill will be Committee Stage 17 November, 2020. Further information and to follow the passage of the Bill visit https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2019-21/environment.html
To read Hansard recordings of the latest proceedings visit: https://hansard.parliament.uk/search?searchTerm=environment%20bill&partial=False