Updated 24th July 2022
The Environment Act 2021
Plastic Packaging Tax
The government's Plastic Packaging Tax was implemented on the 1st April 2022. We have demonstrated that it's unfit for purpose. Read in full.
Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)
A DRS can be an effective measure to significantly reduce plastic and other pollution, reducing litter. Concerns are that trade deals may hinder our ability to introduce an effective DRS, and that we are told it take until 2024 to implement. Read more.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act
Described as "draconian legislation" by Friends of the Earth and Liberty human rights organisation. Concerns are that it will threaten the right to peacefully protest. This may well hinder our ability to effectively communicate and deal with plastic pollution. Read in full.
Our ability to deal with plastic pollution and other ecological crises could be hindered by trade deals, cemented by the use of corporate courts. Neither local MP would provide assurances that this wouldn't be the case. Read full details.
The moratorium on fracking was ended by new Prime Minister Liz Truss. With plastic production connected to fracking, we wrote to both local MPs. Read more.
World Refill Day 2022
City to Sea revealed the results of a survey which shows that people are being forced into buying cheap items in single-use plastic due to the cost of living crisis. Hence we wrote to both local MPs. Read in full.
A system(s) of zero waste would be ideal; implementing a structure(s) to compliment the waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, remanufacture, repair...); moving away from plastic recycling, waste incineration and landfill; good for the health of people animals, the environment and local economies. The Deposit Return Scheme is included in this section. Read full details.
General Election 2019
We wrote to candidates before the 2019 General Election asking for commitments to reduce plastic pollution. The result of that was a commitment from Robert Buckland to support the aims of the Plastic Pollution Bill and an offer from Justin Tomlinson to discuss ongoing work. Full details of the action can be found here.
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