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Football urged to kick out plastics

League football clubs have been asked to follow the Premier League’s lead and cut their usage of single-use plastics.

Labour’s Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), has written to the chairs of the English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish football leagues to encourage them to act against single-use plastics.

She wrote: “Plastic litter ruins our streets, chokes our seas and endangers wildlife. We all need to do our bit to tackle the scourge of 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.”

The Premier League in April took a series of measures to phase out single-use plastics in its operations and supply chains.

It said it would work with television sponsor Sky to raise awareness of the environmental issues caused by plastic and advise clubs on how they could phase out single-use products.

Tottenham Hotspur said its new stadium will be free from plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery, and retail outlets will phase out standard 5p carrier bags.

The EAC inquiry last winter into disposable packaging found that only 57% of the 13 billion plastic bottles used in the UK every year were recycled, and recommended a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and a 25p levy on disposable coffee cups.

 

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