New bid to cut litter and waste in Wales

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A new bid for action to reduce litter in Wales has been put forward by Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas.

Plaid Cymru Mid and West AM Simon Thomas has proposed a new Welsh law to reduce the amount of waste we put in landfill.

Assembly Members can propose bills, proposals for new laws which when passed by the National Assembly become acts from outside the government through a random ballot process.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs for the Party of Wales Simon Thomas said:

“One of the measures to achieve the goal of a zero waste Wales by 2030 could be the introduction of plastic, glass and can deposit schemes.

“I’ve proposed a bill to reduce waste by introducing plastic, glass and can deposit schemes. In Scotland we’ve seen similar proposals first opposed by big multi-national drink companies, but now they’ve seen sense.

“I believe there will be widespread support for taking action. We don’t was to drown our seas with plastic and spoil our beaches.”

“The Waste Reduction (Wales) Bill would reduce waste through placing stricter requirements on food producers and retailers. It would also enable people to increase the amount of waste they recycle through banning or controlling styrofoam packaging.”

Plaid Cymru’s Programme of Opposition 2016 -21 outlines one of the key priorities for the party is to achieve a zero waste Wales by 2030. The target would be reached by action on food establishments, a ban on styrofoam packaging, presumptions in favour of recycling in procurement policy and 100% recycling rule for waste at major events, plastic, glass and can deposit schemes, and other related measures, if necessary in legislation.

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