Non-recyclable and Non-compostable Packaging — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:38 pm on 23rd January 2017.

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Photo of David Mackintosh David Mackintosh Conservative, Northampton South 5:38 pm, 23rd January 2017

Thank you, Mr Bone. I will be brief. I thank you for chairing this debate and the 75,000 people who signed the petition. We have had a passionate debate, not least because of Mr Sheerman. He is no longer in his place, but he is a passionate supporter of trying to change things.

We had knowledgeable input from my hon. Friend Mark Pawsey, who is chair of the all-party group on packaging manufacturing. Although we disagreed on Easter eggs, I was pleased to hear from him—not least about the variation of rates of recycling among local authorities.

Gavin Robinson touched on the reuse of coffee cups, which is a valid discussion. I am grateful for the input from Mary Glindon, who talked about recycling rates in Wales particularly. I am grateful to the Minister for outlining her approach and continued commitment to developing this theme and the Government’s approach to the litter strategy. She outlined her approach to local authorities and their recycling rates, and even managed to mention George Clooney.

I am pleased that we have debated this issue today.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered e-petition 167596 relating to the banning of non-recyclable and non-compostable packaging.

Sitting adjourned.