PHILIP Dunne MP for Ludlow has pledged to do his bit to tackle litter in south Shropshire over lent, by taking part in community litter picks.

Mr Dunne, a member of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, was one of 46 Conservative MPs to pledge to reduce their environmental impact for Lent this year. This follows last year’s campaign, in which Mr Dunne also took part, which saw MPs cut down on their consumption of single-use plastics through pledges such as cutting down on the use of plastic water bottles, using refillable coffee cups, avoiding using plastic cutlery, and buying loose fruit and vegetables free from plastic packaging.

The campaign launches after the Government announced the first comprehensive update of the Resources and Waste Strategy in more than a decade. The new strategy will cut reliance on single-use plastics, end confusion over household recycling, tackle the problem of packaging by making polluters pay, and end the economic, environmental and moral scandal that is food waste.

“I am delighted to join colleagues in reducing the impact of plastic waste on our environment for Lent,” said Mr Dunne.

“I’m organising picks in South Shropshire.