Pint cups in the environment
Globally 500 billion plastic cups are used each year. If lined up end-to-end these cups would span 50 million kilometres – or more than 130 trips from the Earth to the Moon.
In the UK, some 100 million plastic cups are used annually during music festivals and live sporting events.
Rarely collected and processed for recycling, these cups are destined to be strewn across Britain’s landscapes.
Plastic pint cups are the sixth-most commonly found plastic item in Britain’s rivers, and the eighth on the nation’s beaches. MPs warned that these pint cups are ‘single-use items that will end up in landfill, in incinerators or directly in our natural environments’.
‘Every year we see millions of cups left behind in the aftermath of music festivals and live sporting events, but these are rarely collected and processed for recycling.
‘We cannot continue to allow plastic pint cups to desecrate our beautiful rivers and beaches in the way they are doing so. The government must therefore outlaw plastic pint cups as a matter of urgency and bring an end to this highly-polluting item for good.’
MARTYN DAY MP
Plastic ‘cheapens’ experience
The EDM follows Yonder polling conducted in April which found 89% of Britons want plastic pint cups banned in a bid to protect the environment.
Some 75% of respondents also believe plastic pint cups ‘cheapen the experience’ of their favourite beer.
The polling coincided with an open letter signed by parliamentarians and figures from the beer and live entertainment industry urging the government to outlaw plastic pint cups.
MPs giving their support to the EDM include: Martyn Day, SNP; Allan Dorans, SNP; Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrats; Ronnie Cowan, SNP; Chris Stephens, SNP, Labour; Jim Shannon, DUP; Chris Law, SNP; Alan Brown, SNP; Christine Jardine, Liberal Democrats; Douglas Chapman, SNP; Alison Thewliss, Liberal Democrats; Drew Hendry, SNP; John McDonnell, Labour; Rachel Maskell, Labour; Caroline Lucas, Green; Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrats; Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrats; Richard Burgon, Labour and Sarah Olney; Liberal Democrats, Neale Hanvey, Alba Party.