Plaid Cymru secures support for action on plastics pollution

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Plaid Cymru has secured the backing of the National Assembly for action to reduce the amount of plastics pollution in the environment.

Last night, the National Assembly voted in favour of a Plaid Cymru amendment to introduce a levy on disposable single-use plastics in order to reduce the amount of pollution in the seas and in the environment.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas said:

“Plastics pollution is a huge problem. Most of the experts that I speak to tell me that the amount of plastic in our seas is one of the things that concern them the most. Not only does this have an impact on tourism and our enjoyment of our coastal areas, but it also has a specific impact on marine life.

“Evidence received by the climate change committee has shown clearly that the marine conservation areas are all in an unfavourable condition for the habitats and in terms of the variety of marine life within them.

“That’s why Plaid Cymru is pushing for action on this. I am pleased that the National Assembly has backed plans for a levy on single use plastics so that we can tackle the issue directly. This could allow us to extend the carrier bag levy that has been so effective in in reducing the number of bags we use.

“We know that biodiversity is under threat and Plaid Cymru will continue to be progressive in our thinking as we try to tackle this problem.”

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