The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has welcomed the British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s pledge of £61.4 million ($87.9m) towards tackling the issue of plastics waste.

At  the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the UK government confirmed that New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have joined the UK and Vanuatu-led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA) in an agreement between member states to join forces to reduce plastics waste. The alliance will call on other countries to pledge action on plastics, be this by a ban on microbeads, a commitment to cutting down on single-use plastics bags, or other steps to eliminate avoidable plastics waste.

The BPF has already taken action to reduce plastics entering rivers and seas by establishing a Marine Litter Platform to work together on solutions, with the next session taking place at the BPF headquarters on 20 April 2018. Through the platform, government, brands, retailers, academics, NGOs, manufacturers and recyclers are able to collaborate and develop ways to address the issue.

In a statement, the BPF commented that it welcomes the opportunity to discuss the right interventions to reduce plastics waste, and as an industry are committed to adding our expertise to help work with other Commonwealth nations to reach effective solutions.