United Kingdom declares war on plastic waste

UK’s May announces 25-year environmental plan including plastic waste reduction

United Kingdom declares war on plastic waste

A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment was launched by Prime Minister Theresa May and environment secretary Michael Gove, and according to the government, is meant to create richer habitats for wildlife, and improve air and water quality.

The call to increase the sales of loose fresh foods follows a Conservative peer urging the Government to, specifically cucumbers.

Within this "plastic-free" plan, supermarkets will be pushed to adopt plastic-less aisles.

The premier underlined that single-use plastic waste was "ingested by dozens of species of marine animals and over 100 species of sea birds, causing huge suffering to individual creatures and degrading vital habitats".

Greenpeace UK's executive director John Sauven said that the UK "needs a 25-month emergency plan more than it needs a 25-year vision" and that much more robust measures are needed to meaningfully tackle plastic and air pollution.

The movement to end "throwaway culture" is part of the United Kingdom government's 25-year plan to create a "Green Future", and improve the environment.

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Mrs May also says she is putting Ocean Rescue on the agenda at a Commonwealth summit in April and pledging to use more United Kingdom aid on ridding the oceans of plastic waste. "We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates". To tackle it we will take action at every stage of the production and consumption of plastic. £10m funding for school visits and Nature Friendly Schools programme will create school grounds for young people to learn about the natural world.

"What we would like to see is PRN reform on the terms of reference", said Kersh.

The government says the 25-year environment plan will sit alongside the Clean Growth Strategy, launched in October 2017, which sets out its £2.5bn plans for low-carbon investment and green innovation support. "Whether it's ocean plastics, air pollution or climate change, there's a huge price to pay for every day that goes by without progress", said Leonie Cooper on the environment committee of the London Assembly - a body elected to hold the mayor's office to account.

"We look forward to working with government to help the United Kingdom progress towards a truly circular economy by helping to reduce littering, significantly increasing recycling infrastructure, ensuring all packaging used for food and drink consumed "on the go" is captured for recycling, encouraging design for recyclability and the use of recycled materials in new low carbon products".

It is estimated that 8.3bn tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s.

In the United Kingdom alone, during its recent Great British Beach Clean Up, the Marine Conservation Society found 718 pieces of litter for every 100m stretch of beach surveyed, and of this, rubbish from food and drink made up at least one fifth.

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