Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has today welcomed tough new measures from the EU in banning some single-use plastics.
The EU has agreed on new tough new measures on single-use plastics, imposing a ban on straws, cutlery, cotton buds, and plastic cups and food containers made out of expanded polystyrene. The new Single Use Plastics Directive will also force tobacco producers to pay for the collection of cigarette butts and introduce collection targets for drinks bottles along with a requirement to redesign drinks caps to tether them to bottles. The Directive also includes a Green proposal for a complete ban on oxo-degradable plastic, which is often labelled as biodegradable but in reality fragments into microplastics.
Yesterday the UK government also unveiled its own strategy to tackle plastic waste, laying out plans to simplify household recycling, make retailers and packaging manufacturers pay for collection and recycling and end food waste. However, critics of the UK’s plans point to concerns over voluntary action and distant targets. They also fear that consultation with manufacturers and retailers could result in the plans being watered down.
“The starting gun has been fired in a race to the top on single-use plastics. It’s clear the EU is out in front while the UK is being weighed down by further consultation, held back by industry lobbyists, and staggering towards a way too distant finishing line. The EU is prepared to make tracks now and get tough on manufacturers and retailers through outright bans on a range of single-use plastics and setting tight targets. This is a great early Christmas present for the planet.
“Michael Gove’s rhetoric about how the UK can outperform the EU on a green agenda has suffered another setback. It is clear that the best way to tackle global problems like pollution and waste that know no borders is to tackle them collectively, which is why the EU is winning the race to the top on plastic.”
Green condemnation of death threats to mayor and deputy mayor
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Responding to last night’s defeat for the government in the Brexit vote and today’s vote of confidence in the government, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, said: “Westminster is now in gridlock. The failed leadership of Theresa May and weak or non-existent opposition from Labour’s front bench has brought us to a crisis; one which our politicians seem unable to resolve. That is why the only way forwards is to go back to the people.
Bristol Green Party welcome two city MPs supporting a People’s Vote
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Labour wasting council time with attacks and “self-congratulatory cheerleading”
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BRISTOL GREENS CALL FOR A PEOPLE’S VOTE ON BREXIT
BRISTOL GREENS CALL FOR A PEOPLE’S VOTE ON BREXIT
Corbyn’s Brexit stance leave Labour facing mass defections
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A Christmas message from Molly Scott Cato MEP
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End Immigration Detention - these walls must fall
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Bristol can "become a beacon to the world on how to tackle climate change"
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Bristol's Green MEP challenges charitable status of right-wing think tanks
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Greens declare a Climate Emergency and bring Bristol’s CO2 emissions target forwards 20 years
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Green response to 2018 budget
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Response to Mayor's 'State of the City' speech
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Greens call for Review of Bristol’s House-Building Plans
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