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Plaid step up plastics campaign

Created on 08/01/2018 @ 09:54
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Plaid Cymru is to step up its fight against plastic with an intensive campaign in the Welshpool area over the coming weeks.

Leaflets are being distributed in the area ahead of a proposed visit from party leader Leanne Wood to Welshpool on February 15 to raise further awareness on the issue.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Mid and West Wales Assembly Member Simon Thomas who is calling for a Welsh plastic tax as well as a deposit-return scheme on plastic bottles, similar to those being run in Norway and Germany.

Under new powers devolved to Cardiff, Wales has the power to introduce such a scheme with the need emphasized by a 2015 beach clean revealing 103 bottles were discovered for every kilometre – higher than the UK average.

Plaid’s campaign is backed by Greenpeace UK and a spokesperson said: “Wales was ahead of the curve on the plastic bag charge and we’d love to see it taking a lead on tackling ocean plastic pollution.

“We call on the Welsh Government to introduce a plastic bottle tax, action on throw away coffee cups, and tackling plastics like polystyrene. Let Wales show the way.”

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