Sir David Amess MP has lent his support to a campaign led by the Women's Institute and Friends of the Earth to dramatically reduce plastic pollution.
The Southend West MP is supporting the Plastic Pollution Bill, which calls on the Government to set targets to phase out non-essential single use plastics by 2025, and eradicate plastic pollution by 2042.
Sir David said 'People in my constituency are also telling me that they want urgent action to tackle the plastic waste that blights our environment and harms our wildlife. With over 12 million tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea each year, we simply cannot wait any longer to take action. That's why I'm backing the Plastic Pollution Bill to help preserve our environment for future generations.'
Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said 'We're delighted that Sir David Amess is backing the call for a new law to tackle the plastic crisis. The public is crying out for tougher action, with nearly nine in ten backing new legislation to end single-use plastics by 2025. The Government must listen to growing concerns and turn the tide of plastic waste that's polluting our environment and harming our wildlife.'
For more information on the campaign, go to https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/current-campaigns-and-initiatives/end-plastic-soup