Date lodged: 11 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to reduce water pollution from microplastics in (a) the Firth of Forth and (b) Scotland.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 31 July 2018
Microplastics in our waters are resulting from direct loss or the breakdown of macroplastics into smaller fragments. We are taking action to reduce the amount of plastics entering all of our waters, not just the Firth of Forth, with actions in our Marine Litter Strategy and prioritised work in our Programme for Government including introducing a deposit return scheme. We introduced the Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Scotland) Regulations 2018 on 19 June 2018, banning the manufacture and sale of rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads and are currently developing legislation to ban plastic-stemmed cotton buds. We are also working with the plastic industry and other stakeholders to further reduce pre-production plastic loss.