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“Government clutching at straws on new plastic strategy” says Carmichael

May 22, 2019 6:01 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today hit out at the UK Government's strategy for reducing plastic pollution. Mr. Carmichael branded the plans as "unambitious" as he blasted the Government for taking until April 2020 to take meaningful action.

Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:

"It is good to see that the Government finally conceded that there is a need to get serious about plastic pollution, but this plan is not ambitious enough to save our seas.

"We need to tackle our throw-away culture, and this new government strategy doesn't come close to taking the steps we need to take. If we are waiting a year to bring in these changes, 4,700 million straws and 1,800 million plastic cotton buds will be thrown away before we get real about tackling it.

"Instead of reheating old press releases about taking action in a year's time, they should take action now to protect our environment for future generations."