Sri Lanka joins Commonwealth alliance to fight against plastic pollution

Sri Lanka joins Commonwealth alliance to fight against plastic pollution

Other funding announcements made in yesterday's statement include £25 million to help researchers approach the scourge of marine plastic waste from a scientific, technical, economic and social perspective.

Three countries from across the Commonwealth including New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have joined the United Kingdom to eliminate avoidable single use plastic and clean up the world's oceans.

April 15, May announced the new Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance - an agreement between the U.K., Vanuatu, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana to join forces in the fight against plastic pollution.

Together with CCOA joint chair Vanuatu, UK said it will urge other countries to ban use of microbeads, cut down on single use plastic bags, or take steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

Another £16.4m will go on improving waste management to prevent plastics getting into the water supply.

"Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics", McGeehan said.


She said: "As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today, it is vital that we tackle this issue so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we now find it".

The DFID will also support research into solutions to reduce manufacturing pollution, and carry out waste management pilot programs to help tackle the waste from cities that too often ends up in the world's oceans and rivers.

Following vocal public support for the issue, the Government pledged to match pound-for-pound public donations to tackle the issue of plastic waste via the UK Aid Match up to a total of £5 million.

Meanwhile, campaigners show no signs of easing up on the issue.

Global broadcasters Sky and National Geographic have teamed up to drive a global media campaign to reduce plastic litter in the ocean. However it is a much more hard process and an expensive one compared to other materials, but it seems that scientists might have come up with a way to deal with our plastic problem.

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