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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21631: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to help reduce the volume of microplastics in the environment and the sea.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 26 February 2019

The Scottish Government's focus is to both reduce and prevent this source of microplastics pollution. We have many policies under the frameworks of our Marine and National Litter Strategies, as well as commitments in our Programme for Government to reduce all plastic litter which degrades into microplastics. In addition we have taken action directly with two sources of microplastics; In June 2018 we introduced legislation to ban the use of plastic microbeads in rinse-off personal care products and we have also established a working group with the plastics sector to build on the industry's Operation Clean Sweep guidelines to further reduce nurdle loss across the full supply chain.

We are showing leadership in our approach to tackling plastics, as the first UK administration to commit to establishing a deposit return scheme, and to introducing legislation to ban plastic-stemmed cotton buds.