MP urges football to be top of league for ending plastic use
A Catholic MP has urged football leagues across the UK to stop using single-use plastics.
Labour MP Mary Creagh, who chairs the Environmental Audit Committee, called on the chairmen of the UK’s major football leagues to “mobilise the power of sport” and make the move away from single-use plastics a reality.
The House of Commons committee has written to the chairmen in a bid to encourage them to follow the Premier League.
England’s top tier pledged in April that it would be introducing a series of measures to phase out single-use plastics in its operations and supply chains over the next two years.
Ms Creagh also asked whether each football league had considered introducing a bottle return scheme. “Plastic litter ruins our streets, chokes our seas and endangers wildlife. We all need to do our bit to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution,” she said.
“There is a huge opportunity for sports organisations to reduce the use of throwaway plastic at matches and encourage fans to reduce, reuse and recycle. I want the UK’s football leagues to show leadership on this issue.”
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