Climate Action

£1 million funding boost to combat marine plastic pollution

The Scottish Government has proposed £1 million in funding to combat marine plastic pollution.

  • 04 October 2018
  • Rachel Cooper

The Scottish Government has proposed £1 million in funding to combat marine plastic pollution.

The funding, announced yesterday, has doubled from the original £500,000 set previosuly. The Government are encouraging companies to apply for the funding to support solutions in marine plastics capture, collection and recovery.  

Roseanna Cunningham, Environment Secretary, said: “By making £1 million available to support innovative projects aimed at tackling marine plastic pollution, we are doubling our previous pledge - further demonstrating our absolute commitment to tackle the scourge of marine plastic pollution.”

Marine Scotland will contribute to this funding to trial demonstration technologies in Scotland, aimed at addressing the issue of litter sinks and the removal of plastic from our oceans.

At present, an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. This has resulted in over 267 species worldwide being affected and 700 species at risk of becoming extinct. It has also been reported that over 90 per cent of seabirds have plastic in their stomach.

Ian Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Scotland's marine environment is increasingly suffering from our throwaway habits, and very visibly when it comes to the proliferation of single-use plastics. We know this is an issue people across Scotland are keen to see action on.”

Ms Cunningham added: “We want to attract and invest in innovative projects which prevent plastics entering the marine environment or propose operational solutions to capture, collect, recover and reprocess marine plastic waste."

This news follows the UK Government announcing its support to protect 30 per cent of global oceans in a bid to protect marine life.

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