UK Football Leagues Pressed to Tackle Plastic Waste Issue

Published On : May 31, 2018

Football leagues across the United Kingdom are being urged to follow the set of rules by banning the use of single-use plastics.

It comes after a series of announcements by the Government and businesses to tackle the issue of plastic waste. Recently, a House of Commons committee has written to the chairmen of the English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish football leagues in a proposal to encourage them to follow the Premier League.

As plastic is less expensive, it is one of the most widely available and hackneyed items in the world today. The Premier League has declared last month that it would present various activities to phase out single-use plastics in its operations and supply chains over the next two years, demonstrating strong backing for Sky's Ocean Rescue campaign. In this campaign, they inspire people to change their behavior to help protect our oceans and dramatically reduce the amount of plastic waste produced every day. In fact, leagues across the country are being asked to consider introducing a bottle return scheme. This is a great initiative, which should follow strictly.

Presently, the English Football League has 72 member clubs and it is the single largest body of professional clubs in European football. The major fact that they are being urged because all by-products of football matches include Plastic cups, bottles, bags, stirrers, trays and cutlery.

Considering this issue, Labour MP Mary Helen Creagh, who chairs the Environmental Audit Committee has stated that “I want the UK's football leagues to show leadership on this issue”. She further also clears that Plastic is one such material that litter ruins streets, chokes our seas and endangers wildlife. Therefore, everyone should have to do our bit to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution.

It has been also reported that UK government and industries have also been dealing with the same issue of plastic waste amid warnings of record micro-plastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean. At present, more than 40 companies have signed up to a promise to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years.

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