Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken in the House of Commons in support of new regulations on single-use plastic:
“The territorial application of the regulations is limited to England and Wales, but much of this plastic waste ends up in the sea, so we are as likely to find this waste on the beaches in Orkney and Shetland as we are in Cornwall. This affects my constituents substantially, and I am sure that they will be as pleased as I am to see this progress being made.
“We need to look at the nature of our consumption as a whole. I would add to that the relationship between developed western countries and developing countries, because so many of these items are exported. It is infinitely preferable to cut off the use and supply of these items at source.
“I am sure we have all noticed that the great progress we have made on the removal of disposable [items] has faced a setback as a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic. We will have to deal with this, because the pandemic may be with us for months, but the damage done by plastic pollution and microplastics will be with us for decades, if not centuries.”