23 October 2007
Barrett backs packaging cuts
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today thrown his weight behind moves in parliament to cut excess packaging.
Mr Barrett is a key sponsor of the new Packaging (Reduction) Bill which will today be presented to parliament. The Bill calls for the establishment of a national body to promote and enforce packaging reduction, Binding targets for packaging reduction in place of existing voluntary targets, and would enable consumers to deposit packaging in supermarkets for recycling.
The Bill is being tabled by Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire.
John Barrett said:
“Families now spend an average of £470 a year on packaging. It makes no environmental sense to over-package products and no economic sense to charge frustrated consumers for packaging they don’t need.
“Despite increases in recycling, the problem is getting worse, with domestic waste having risen by a fifth since 1997. The Government’s attempts to tackle the packaging problem have so far been too timid and too slow.
“The Government needs to sit up and take notice that the packaging problem will continue to get worse unless they take strong, effective action.”