NDM7065 Welsh Conservatives debate - Reducing Plastic Waste

NDM7065 Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the growing importance that the Welsh public places on reducing plastic waste.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to strengthen supply chains in Wales to prevent the export of ‘environmental pollution’ to third countries and retain public confidence.

3. Believes the Welsh Government should use its powers to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government and other devolved nations to take steps to help eliminate avoidable plastic waste by also:

a) banning the supply of plastic straws, exempting individuals with disabilities;

b) preventing the supply of plastic-stemmed cotton buds except for scientific use; and

c) banning drinks stirrers.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all and replace with:

1.    Recognises the growing importance that the Welsh public places on reducing plastic waste.

2.    Acknowledges that Wales is leading the way in the UK with current municipal recycling rates at 62.7 per cent.

3.    Calls on the Welsh Government to strengthen supply chains in Wales to prevent the export of ‘environmental pollution’ to third countries and retain public confidence.

4.    Welcomes the Welsh Government’s commitment to reducing single use plastic bottles in Wales, including the Re-Fill Nation initiative.

5.    Notes that the Welsh Government is continuing to work with the UK Government on proposals for introducing a deposit return scheme and believes the Welsh Government should explore how it could introduce such a scheme.

6.    Recognises that the Welsh Government is committed to restricting the availability of plastic straws and banning drink stirrers and cotton buds in Wales, in line with the European Union’s single-use plastic directive, along with plastic cutlery, plates; expanded polystyrene food and drinks containers, and balloon sticks.

Amendment 2 - Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to use its powers to update festival planning and licencing guidelines to eliminate single-use plastics.

Amendment 3 - Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls for a ban on plastic food packaging which isn’t recyclable or biodegradable, which would include polystyrene and plastic film packaging.

 

Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 08/06/2021

Decision due: 12 Jun 2019 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd

Lead member: Darren Millar MS