I spoke today in the debate on the bottle deposit return scheme. The Environmental Audit Committee has called for the introduction of a UK-wide deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, a requirement to provide free drinking water in public premises, and to make producers financially responsible for the plastic packaging they produce. This is certainly needed in the constituency of Blaydon, where we have a definite problem with litter, particularly plastic bottles.

Hear my contribution here:

“We have litter-picking groups across my constituency, and we see loads of areas where plastic bottles and glass bottles are dumped. Will the Minister commit now to introducing a deposit return scheme for plastic and all other containers, so that we can avoid this plague of plastic?”