Tobacco: Litter

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK tobacco industry’s contribution to tackling smoking related litter; and whether that contribution meets their stated goal of getting that industry to play a greater role in addressing such litter.

Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of cleaning up smoking related litter in England during the last year.

Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with individual UK tobacco companies about smoking related litter in the last three years.

Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any funding from the UK tobacco industry as part of their national litter campaign.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government has made no specific assessment of the UK tobacco industry’s contribution to tackling smoking-related litter. The most recent National Litter Survey for England found that 79% of sites surveyed had smoking-related litter present in 2017-18. In the same year, local authorities in England spent £663 million or £28 per household to keep our streets clean, though this does not include spending by other relevant bodies and it is not currently possible to specify how much of this figure is attributable to smoking-related litter.

We would like to see the tobacco industry delivering on the commitment given by the Tobacco Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) to tackle the litter created by its products and their users, but this must be achieved without breaching the UK’s international obligations.

The tobacco industry has not made, or been invited to make, any financial contribution towards delivery of the “Keep It, Bin It” anti-litter campaign. Ministers have met twice with the TMA in the last three years, but the Government has not held discussions with any individual tobacco companies about smoking-related litter.

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