PM pledges £60m package to fight plastic pollution at CHOGM

The prime minister is backing a global crusade to stamp out plastic pollution such as that found along the Thames

The fund was announced by Theresa May ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week.

Sri Lanka joins Commonwealth alliance to fight against plastic pollution Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 09:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, the United Kingdom will commit £25 million to help researchers approach the scourge of marine plastic waste from a scientific, technical, economic and social perspective.

Another £20m has been earmarked to curb plastic and other environmental pollution generated by manufacturing in developing countries and prevent it seeping into oceans. The pledge came in response to an unprecedented public outcry over the issue following the broadcast of the BBC's Blue Planet II documentary, which exposed the devastating impact plastic waste is having on ocean wildlife, and high-profile campaigns such as Sky's Ocean Rescue initiative.

"As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today, it is vital we tackle this issue so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we now find it".

The UK public has shown passion and energy in the fight against plastic waste.

"It is a unique organisation with the strength and the commitment to make a difference".

Through this ambitious alliance we will build on the UK's world-leading microbeads ban and 5p plastic bag charge to harness the full power of the Commonwealth in pushing for global change and safeguarding our marine environment for future generations.

Together with CCOA joint chair Vanuatu, UK said it will urge other countries to ban use of microbeads, cut down on single use plastic bags, or take steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste. She said: 'It is vital that we tackle this issue.

The federation added: "The BPF welcomes the opportunity to have a discussion about the right interventions to reduce plastic waste and as an industry are committed to adding our expertise to help work with other Commonwealth countries to reach effective solutions".

For example, the Department for International Development will fund pilot programmes in up to three Commonwealth developing countries to tackle waste from cities that often ends up in waterways.

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