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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02308: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 5 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its policy is on preventing plastic microbeads from entering the marine environment.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 9 September 2016

Scotland’s Marine Litter Strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s policy to reduce and prevent litter entering the sea, including plastic microbeads. The strategy includes over 40 actions such as raising public awareness, encouraging companies to produce alternatives to plastic microbeads, as well as undertaking research to address gaps in knowledge.

The Scottish Government are also supportive of the recent announcement by the UK Government to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. This is consistent with Scotland’s Marine Litter Strategy and we will work with the UK Government in developing these proposals.