May announces £60m fund to clear oceans of plastic 'scourge'

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

Vanuatu, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Ghana have recently joined the coalition, which means being able to bid for the new funding.

The funding package was announced in a speech on Sunday (15 April) in advance of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in which Theresa May also revealed the first countries to have joined the new Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA).

The cash will be split into three pots: £25m into scientific, economic and social research to address sources of plastic waste, £20m to stop plastic pollution from manufacturing in developing countries, and £16.4m to improve waste management in the United Kingdom, particularly in cities.

It was also confirmed that from later in 2018, the Department for International Development will match public donations to tackle the issue of plastic waste in the world's oceans and rivers, "in recognition of the passionate response of the United Kingdom public to the issue".

The Prime Minister is due to ask all the 52 leaders at the meeting to sign up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance set up to help developing Commonwealth countries research and improve waste management.

Through this ambitious alliance we will build on the UK's world-leading microbeads ban and 5p plastic bag charge to harness the full power of the Commonwealth in pushing for global change and safeguarding our marine environment for future generations.


May hopes other Commonwealth nations will join the CCOA and follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom on tackling plastic waste, by implementing measures such as a microbeads ban or plastic bag charges.

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: "When it comes to our seas and oceans, the challenge is global so the answer must be too".

The PM said: "This week we will look closely at how we can tackle the many threats to the health of the world's oceans, including the scourge of marine plastic pollution".

The federation added: "The BPF welcomes the opportunity to have a discussion about the right interventions to reduce plastic waste and as an industry are committed to adding our expertise to help work with other Commonwealth countries to reach effective solutions".

It will also undertake waste management pilot programs to help tackle the waste, which ends up in the oceans and rivers.

Another £16.4m will go on improving waste management to prevent plastics getting into the water supply.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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