Michael Gove bans Microbeads

Michael Gove today pledged action to reduce plastic waste, including a ban on micro beads

In his first speech, as Environmental Secretary,  Michael Gove will prevent tiny pieces of plastic entering the oceans and harming wild life.  New figures published today revealed more than nine billion plastic bags were used since the 5p charge, an 83 per cent reduction, The Environmental Secretary has further plan to prevent other sources of plastic finding their way into our oceans and seas.

Microbeads can be found in toothpaste, body scrubs, and shower gels.

The ban will be issued this year which will stop manufacturers producing and selling micro beads

Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage, commented:

“Banning microbeads is a good start but we would like to see more intervention  and legislation to tackle even more significant sources of marine litter such as plastic bottles and single-use packaging.

 Surfers Against Sewage, one of the key pressure groups which campaigned for the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge, recently launched a campaign called Wasteland to encourage communities of individuals, businesses, and institutions to join the resistance against the production of single-use plastic, those plastics that are used just once then thrown away.

 Tagholm continued: 

“We’re campaigning to encourage consumers to resist single-use plastic, which makes up 40% of all plastic waste in our oceans. The introduction of a comprehensive deposit return system to stop the tide of bottles washing up on our beaches would also be a very positive next step.”

What are your thoughts, Should Hull be more conscious to plastics in our rivers?  Should the council be tougher on rubbish?

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