A LEADING Welsh politician believes that one way we could reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our seas and in landfill is by introducing a levy on plastic bottles.

Mid and West AM Simon Thomas, shadow cabinet secretary for energy, climate change and rural affairs said: “Plaid Cymru believes in introducing a levy on non-reusable and non-recyclable plastics.

“In April, the Welsh Government has the ability to vary and raise taxes. I’m confident the best option is to have a polluter pays principle when it comes to taxation and introduce a plastic levy.

“Wales could lead the way with a levy on disposable single-use plastics. The carrier bag levy showed how a small policy can make a big difference.

“The recently passed Welsh budget will help to further increase recycling rates through a feasibility study of a deposit-return scheme for Wales.

“A deposit return scheme for glass and cans along with a single use plastic levy, could have a huge impact on the amount of waste generated in Wales.

“Ensuring we have a deposit return scheme for Wales would be another important step in our journey to create a zero waste nation by 2030.”

Aberporth has already been recognised as the first plastic-free community in Wales, while Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan are also embracing similar plans.