15 MAY 2018


"As the nation's representatives we should be leading from the front in tackling plastic pollution and today's news means we are doing just that" Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that Parliament will significantly reduce its plastic footprint over the next twelve months.

This follows pressure from 120 MPs, including Caroline, who have joined the Plastic Free Parliament campaign.

It is estimated that two million items of plastic waste are consumed by the House of Commons alone in 2017.

Measures include:

- Ending the sale of water bottles

- Levying 25p charge on coffee cups

- Replace plastic cups and bags with compostable alternatives

- Purchase an additional 800 bins for compostable waste

Commenting on the news Caroline said: "It is fantastic news that Parliament is leading the way in reducing its plastic footprint.

When I gave up plastic for Lent I learnt just how many alternatives there are to single use plastic and I would encourage their use wherever possible.

Whilst the Government is taking concerted action to reduce plastic consumption and waste, we can all take action now to help protect our environment for the future."

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