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UK government called on to set plastic pollution targets, charities and businesses urge

16 Sep 2020

Today, international development charity Tearfund is standing alongside Iceland Foods, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, A Plastic Planet, Surfers Against Sewage and Keep Britain Tidy and calling on the UK Government to enforce mandatory reporting on plastic packaging and plastic pollution reduction targets within forthcoming legislation (the Environment Bill) to ensure that real progress is being delivered.


Tearfund has been lobbying companies - Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever- on plastic pollution since May 2019 when we launched the Rubbish campaign.


Since then we have released two groundbreaking reports which have looked at the health impacts of plastic pollution in poverty and the impact burning of waste in developing countries is having on climate change.


Joanne Green, senior policy advisor on waste at Tearfund, said: “We are encouraged that a company like Iceland Foods is calling on the UK Government to set legally binding targets to reduce plastic pollution.


“The government should heed this call and implement genuinely world leading legislation that can be emulated elsewhere.


“Tearfund is also urging multinational companies responsible for plastic pollution in poorer countries across the world, to back similar legislation to make a genuine difference to people in poverty.”


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For further information or interview requests call Mel Barnston on 07929 335 146 or email melissa.barnston@tearfund.org.  For out of hours media enquiries please call 07929 339813.

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