United Kingdom pledges new funding to battle plastic pollution

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, will outline plans ahead of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting this week.

Sri Lanka joins Commonwealth alliance to fight against plastic pollution Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 09:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

The £61.4-million funding package will go towards practical and research-based projects, with up to five developing countries able to receive partnership support from the Department for International Development (DFID) to help them improve their waste management systems.

That leaves £16.4m which will be spent on improving waste management at a national and city level to stop plastics entering the water. The DFID has also committed to matching public donations to chosen charities tackling the plastic waste crisis during the latest round of UK Aid Match funding.


Her campaign comes in the wake of the Blue Planet II TV series which highlighted the issue of seaborne plastic pollution.

Professor McGeehan, Director of the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at Portsmouth, said: "Few could have predicted that since plastics became popular in the 1960s huge plastic waste patches would be found floating in oceans, or washed up on once pristine beaches all over the world".

"We are joining forces with our Commonwealth partners, bringing together global expertise to stop plastics waste from entering oceans - and by matching pound-for-pound the United Kingdom public's passionate response to the issue, we can make our shared ambition for clean oceans a reality".

Chief Executive of the Diamond Light Source, Professor Andrew Harrison, said: "With input from five institutions in three different countries, this research is a fine example of how global collaboration can help make significant scientific breakthroughs. If we stand together, we have the opportunity to send not only a powerful message to the world, but also to effect real change".


Britain, together with CCOA joint chair Vanuatu, will call on other countries to pledge action on plastics, be this by a ban on microbeads, a commitment to cutting down on single use plastic bags, or other steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

"Devoting UK worldwide development money to help poor communities clean up and better manage their waste isn't just good for nature, it's good for people too".

"Two billion people around the world lack access to effective waste collection, so much of the plastic they use ends up in our oceans".


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