Henry signs Greenpeace’s pledge on single use plastic

Henry was delighted to attend Greenpeace’s Parliamentary drop-in “Upstream: Microplastics in UK Rivers.”

Commenting Henry said: “I was absolutely delighted to have been able to attend Greenpeace’s event on microplastics in our rivers. This is an incredibly important issue, and as a number of constituents have rightly pointed out to me, we cannot recycle our way out of this problem, so action is urgently needed. Bearing this in mind, I was more than happy to sign Greenpeace’s ambitious pledge on reducing our consumption of single-use plastic and its production.”

“I very much welcome the Government’s Resources and Waste strategy published last year,  which sets out plans to reduce plastic pollution with a target of eliminating all avoidable waste over the lifetime of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan. Indeed, the UK is very much leading from the front on this issue. Our world-leading ban on microbeads will help stop potentially billions of tiny pieces of plastic from entering the aquatic environment every year. As well as this, 15.6 billion fewer bags have been handed out to shoppers by the seven main retailers since the introduction of the plastic bag charge in 2015.”

Henry went on to say: “Of course, this is a vital issue and I very much welcome the fact that the Great Ouse River was the least polluted river out of all those tested by Greenpeace.”

Henry’s constituent and Greenpeace member, Sarah Glenn, also attended and stated: “Greenpeace research into plastic pollution in major UK rivers shows us that waste is 'leaking' into the environment even in a country with advanced waste management systems. The findings point to an urgent need to reduce production and use of single-use plastics.”