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07 March 2019

Recycling reminder amid plastic-free Lent pledges by MPs

Conservative MPs have joined together to give up single-use plastic for Lent, and have encouraged others to do the same. People across the UK are also making the pledge on Twitter, too, using the hashtag #giveupplasticforlent and promising to opt for more sustainable alternatives to items such as plastic-packaged bottled water.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove MP, stated his hope that the campaign will help instigate a “move away from being a ‘throw-away’ society to one that treads more lightly on the planet, ensuring that we leave our environment in a better state for future generations."

British Soft Drinks Association Director General Gavin Partington said: "All plastic bottles produced by British soft drinks manufacturers are 100% recyclable. The BSDA and its members support the introduction of a GB-wide full deposit return scheme for all plastic and can beverage containers as our assessment suggests this is the best way to increase recycling levels and tackle litter.”