Chesterfield and Staveley MP Toby Perkins has given his support to a campaign which is investigating household plastic waste.

Thousands of people across the UK took part in the biggest ever investigation into household plastic waste, with hundreds of schools across the UK getting involved.

The Big Plastic Campaign urged people to sign up for a free digital counting pack, use a tally sheet to record their household waste over a seven-day period and submit the results. Residents had up until 31st May to enter their findings. The organisers of the campaign are currently examining all the data that’s been collected and in mid-July they will be revealing the national results.

At the 2019 General Election, the Labour Party stood on a pledge to reduce single-use plastic pollution.

Toby stated “I welcome the Big Plastic Count Campaign; any opportunity to see how much plastic we are using and to attempt to reduce our use of plastics is always a positive one. It’s wonderful that more than 80 constituents have contacted me about this issue to tell me that they have taken part to uncover how much plastic waste their households use and learn more about how we can all do our bit for the environment. I am looking forward to finding out the results of the Big Plastic Count in due course”.

He added “Recently, I have contacted major supermarket chains to query them about the unnecessary single use packaging on their products and urge them to reduce the use of these pollutants. I have also taken this issue up with Chesterfield Borough Council, asking them to look at ways in which as a town we can reduce our plastic footprint and help keep our oceans cleaner”.

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