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Atlantic Ocean Islands: Waste Disposal

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will assist the South Atlantic Overseas Territories to deal with the accumulation of plastic waste and other detritus which has gathered around the islands.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The Government is acutely aware of the scourge of plastic pollution across the world and we are taking action both domestically and internationally to tackle this important issue. We are engaging with the UK Overseas Territories to help them develop and implement policies to reduce plastic waste, monitor the build-up of marine waste and clean-up waste as appropriate.

The Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund (Darwin Plus) provides, in particular, a mechanism for Overseas Territories to bid for financial support to implement environmental projects within the Territories.

The recently published findings of alarming increases in plastic waste around the UK Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic came from research funded by the UK Government through our Darwin Plus and Blue Belt Programmes.

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