Theresa May : Campaigners slam United Kingdom plans on cutting plastic waste

12 January, 2018, 03:26 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • All EU member states including the UK must have measures to curb the use of plastic bags by the end of 2018

Theresa May will commit the United Kingdom to eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as she launches the Government's environmental plan for the next 25-years. Retailers with fewer than 250 employees are now exempted from the charge.

At Tuesday's cabinet meeting, the prime minister "said the government had a clear belief in "conserving what is good, and standing against the profligate use of resources - whether it be public money or natural resources", her official spokesman said.

"And with another truckload of plastic waste going into our oceans every minute, we just can't wait another 25 years before eliminating throwaway plastic".

Launched in June 2017, the Bill outlines plans for an outright ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics such as coffee cups and plastic cutlery by 2020.

In a speech later today Theresa May will say people will be "shocked" at how much plastic is wasted.

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"Through this plan we will build on our reputation as a global leader in environmental protection, creating an environment everyone can enjoy and helping the next generation flourish".

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said the world's oceans were "some of our most valuable natural assets", and she was determined "we act now to tackle the plastic that devastates our precious marine life".

Among its proposals, the government intends to encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles in which all the food is loose, giving consumers the choice of doing without the plastic wrapping.

The current 5p plastic bag charge only applies to companies of over 250 employees but May said, given its "inspiring" success in reducing the number of plastic bags by nine million, she will extend it to smaller shops.

The Government will also look at how the tax system or charges could further reduce the amount of waste with media reports suggesting a tax on takeaway containers was being considered.

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Greenpeace said the announcements on plastics were "a missed opportunity", with a particular omission being no plans for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, which the group said was shown to work well.

In a speech in London, Mrs May will pledge "action at every stage of the production and consumption of plastic", targeting manufacturers and the supermarkets which sell thousands of items wrapped in single-use plastic.

"All shops, including small corner shops, have always been covered by the 5p carrier bag charge in Wales and Scotland, unlike England".

By leading the world in setting such a target for the end to plastic pollution, Mrs May will sat that the United Kingdom is "demonstrating global leadership [that] will also do more to help developing nations tackle pollution and reduce plastic waste, including through United Kingdom aid".

The Environmental Pillar - a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations - welcomed the move by the United Kingdom, and called on the Irish Government to show more urgency in bringing about policy change to tackle the "growing scourge of plastic pollution".

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