Leagues urged to act on plas­tic

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FOOT­BALL leagues have been urged to stop us­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics.

A House of Com­mons com­mit­tee has writ­ten to the chair­men of the Welsh, English, Scot­tish and North­ern Ir­ish foot­ball leagues in a bid to en­cour­age them to fol­low the Premier League.

Eng­land’s top tier pledged in April that it would be in­tro­duc­ing a series of mea­sures to phase out sin­gle-use plas­tics over the next two years.

Labour MP Mary Creagh, who chairs the En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­dit Com­mit­tee, called on the chair­men to “mo­bilise the power of sport” and make the move away from sin­gle-use plas­tics a re­al­ity.

Ms Creagh also asked whether each league had con­sid­ered in­tro­duc­ing a bot­tle re­turn scheme.

She added: “Plas­tic lit­ter ru­ins our streets, chokes our seas and en­dan­gers wildlife. We all need to do our bit to tackle plas­tic pol­lu­tion. There is a huge op­por­tu­nity for sports or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­duce the use of throw­away plas­tic at matches and en­cour­age fans to re­duce, re­use and re­cy­cle. I want the UK’s foot­ball leagues to show lead­er­ship on this is­sue.”

It comes after a series of an­nounce­ments by the Gov­ern­ment and busi­nesses to tackle the is­sue of plas­tic waste amid warn­ings of record mi­croplas­tic pol­lu­tion in the Arc­tic and that lev­els of plas­tic in the oceans could tre­ble by 2025 with­out ac­tion to curb it.

Dozens of busi­nesses have signed up to a “world first” vol­un­tary pact to tackle plas­tic pack­ag­ing, cut­ting it out where it is un­nec­es­sary or mak­ing sure it is re­cy­clable and re­cy­cled.

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