Parliament declares war on plastic after MPs, peers and workers throw away 750,000 coffee cups a year; Ben Glaze; Daily Mirror

UK – Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

Parliament gets through more than 750,000 throwaway coffee cups, 125,000 plastic bottles and 335,000 sachets of condiments every year, Westminster bosses revealed today.

Chiefs plan to “drastically” curb the culture of single-use plastics across the estate by next year in a huge clampdown inspired by Blue Planet II.

It includes axing plastic carrier bags in gift shops and plastic cutlery and straws in cafes and bars, in moves to “virtually eliminate single-use avoidable plastics” from the Commons and the Lords.

From this summer, plastic bottles of mineral water will no longer be on sale – immediately removing 125,000 items from its yearly waste haul.

Instead, there will be more water dispensers across the Unesco World Heritage Site.

Parliament will stop buying non-recyclable disposable cups, instead opting for a compostable alternative.

It currently disposes of almost 753,000 coffee cups each year but they cannot be recycled due to the plastic coatings which make them watertight.

Ministers, businesses and civic leaders have launched a massive crackdown on plastics since David Attenborough’s iconic Blue Planet II series last year, highlighting the affects of plastics on the oceans.

 

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