Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats will wage war on plastic as part of a raft of policies to tackle pollution and reduce non-recyclable packaging.
The Liberal Democrat policies include:
- Requiring all retailers to reduce the amount of plastics and non-recyclable packaging they use;
- Implementing a deposit return scheme;
- Ending plastic exports abroad by 2030
Following this announcement today, Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Zukowskyj pledged that he would continue to campaign to reduce single use plastic packaging and push for more environmentally friendly ways to manage waste.
Paul has a strong track record locally on environmental issues:
- He led and won the eight-year campaign against the New Barnfield incinerator planned for Hatfield.
- He has campaigned against the ‘Brown bin tax’; the £35 annual subscription charge to have garden waste collected; and fought for separate food waste to be collected; one of the single most effective ways in reducing carbon emissions from waste. This service will now start next year.
- He is personally committed. Paul signed up a decade ago to green electricity and five years ago to green gas supply and has taken the Friends of the Earth pledge to tackle climate change.
The former University of Hertfordshire lecturer said: “I know the science and know that climate change is real. That is why I will make the climate change a deal-breaker in how I vote in Parliament and I personally pledge to wage war on plastic pollution.
“The UK produces 2.26 million tonnes of plastic packaging every year, but less than half of this is being recycled. That is why we need a radical plan for the sake of our environment. We will ban all non-essential non-recyclable single-use plastics within the first three years of a Liberal Democrat government. The banning of plastic straws and stirrers by the Tories is just paying lip service to the scale of the crisis.”