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New £60m government fund to tackle global plastic pollution

17 April 2018

THERESA MAY will this week urge Commonwealth leaders to join together to tackle the scourge of discarded plastic in the world's oceans, as she announces £60million-worth of funding to develop new ways to address the problem.

Plastic pollution is on the agenda this week at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, after the United Kingdom partnered with Pacific island nation Vanuatu to establish the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance.

Britain, which is co-chairing the event with Vanuatu, will ask Commonwealth nations to follow the UK's lead in banning microbeads and slashing the number of single use plastic bags.

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It was also confirmed that from later in 2018, the Department for International Development will match public donations to tackle the issue of plastic waste in the world's oceans and rivers, "in recognition of the passionate response of the United Kingdom public to the issue".

Environment Secretary Michael Gove commented: "When it comes to our seas and oceans, the challenge is global so the answer must be too".

Over £60m has been set aside to take on plastic in the ocean with £25m going towards research to investigate plastic's scientific, economic and social impact on marine wildlife.

Prof McGeehan said few could have predicted since plastics became popular in the 1960s that huge plastic waste patches would be found floating in oceans or washed up on once pristine beaches all over the world.

A further £20m will be used to curb plastic and other environmental pollution generated by manufacturing in developing countries, with £16.4m devoted to improving waste management at a national and a city level.

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged £61.4 million ($87.9 million) in funding to fight plastic pollution on entering into a new anti-plastic initiative. It will also put £20 million to prevent plastic and other environmental pollution from manufacturing in developing countries.

Poor waste management is the single leading cause of plastics in the ocean, and improving waste infrastructure in developing countries will be a major focus of the CCOA, according to Downing Street.

New £60m government fund to tackle global plastic pollution