Anne Main calls for a ban on exporting plastic rubbish to developing countries

28th November 2018

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Anne Main calls on the Government to incentivise recycling in this country and seek a ban on exporting plastic rubbish to developing countries where it often ends up in landfill or the ocean.

This country exports vast amounts of plastic to developing countries, under the guise of recycling. Could we incentivise recycling in this country and seek to ban the exporting of our rubbish to other countries, where it often ends up in landfill or the ocean?

My hon. Friend has raised an important issue. I hope that she recognises the action the Government have taken in relation to plastic. I was very pleased yesterday, when I was at the winter fair at the Royal Welsh, to see a company that 29 years ago started recycling plastic and turning it into products that people could use, such as garden seats and tables. That was an innovative initiative 29 years ago, and it is slap bang what we all consider to be the right thing to do today.

 

Anne Main speaking in the House of Commons, PMQs, November 2018

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