Friends of the Earth is heading up a campaign to get new legislation through the UK Parliament.
The Plastic Pollution Bill aims to require plastic pollution reduction targets to be included in the Environment Bill, which is also currently going through Westminster.
In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Friends of the Earth (FoE) and others – including Surfers Against Sewage and City to Sea – argued that the Government’s response to tackling plastic pollution has been “piecemeal”.
The vast majority of plastic pollution sources, states the letter, “ranging from single-use packaging, vehicle tyre dust, microfibres from synthetic clothing, spillage of pre-production plastic pellets (‘nurdles’) and more, remain unaddressed.”
There’s an associated petition, which FoE et al are trying to get signed by 375,000 people. At the time of writing, there’s another 45,000 or so needed. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here.
Further information about the Plastic Pollution Bill initiative is available on the FoE website.