Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

£61-million Commonwealth fund to tackle plastic pollution

£61-million Commonwealth fund to tackle plastic pollution

Mrs May will urge member states to join the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance, an agreement to work together on the issue.

According to conservation group WWF-UK, the group has pledged to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products, as well as to cut plastic bag use, by 2021.

Theresa May will use this week's Commonwealth summit to launch a multi-million-pound bid to help rid the oceans of plastic pollution.

Some £25m of the cash will go to research on marine plastic pollution, while £20m will go on tackling plastic waste in developing countries.

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All the oceans over the world get dumped with plastic in amount as more as eight million tons every year, since the scientists are continuously struggling to find out the new ways to mount over the toxic legacy of such types of products derived from petroleum on the planet's environment as well as human health.

"As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today it is vital that we tackle this issue, so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we now find it".

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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.

In addition, up to £3 million will be awarded to pilot waste management programmes in two or three developing countries to prevent waste entering the oceans from cities.

Earlier this year the United Kingdom promised to eliminate "unnecessary" single-use plastics in the United Kingdom by 2042.

"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".

Meanwhile, campaigners show no signs of easing up on the issue.

The cash will be used for grants, innovation challenges and events to raise the profile of the plastic problem and fund the development of alternative materials and new, zero-waste manufacturing processes.

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