Bangor City Council have called on the Welsh Government to act as a matter of urgency to implement a levy on single-use plastics in Wales as well as considering to raise a levy on all plastics to help ensure that Welsh seas are clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse. The council will also endeavour to work with all partners from all sectors within the City to work towards becoming a plastic free Bangor.
The City Council has grave concerns about plastics pollution which is a huge environmental problem that is endangering marine life. Plastic waste is blight on the Bangor’s streets and playing fields and more widely in Wales. Despite some efforts to alleviate the issues e.g. a charge on single use carrier bags, the problem of plastic pollution continues.
At a recent council meeting it was noted that approximately 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year (or a truck load of plastic per minute). Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals, according to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
International environmental organisations have recently called on the Welsh Government and UK Government to charge a levy on plastic waste such as coffee cups, which cannot be recycled.
The National Assembly for Wales has recently voted to back plans for a levy on single use plastics in Wales.