PM wages war on plastic in new environment plan

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2018

May "is desperate for the good headlines", she said. We have already taken huge strides to improve environmental protections, from banning microbeads which harm our marine life to improving the quality of the air we breathe to improving standards of animal welfare.

May praised the BBC's Blue Planet II for highlighting the problem of plastics in the ocean and also paid tribute to the Daily Mail for its campaign on plastic waste.

There are some immediate measures that sustainability professionals in the retail and manufacturing sectors will still need to consider, such as a potential tax system for containers such as takeaway boxes and the extended 5p charge on plastic bags. Our members continue to show industry-leading dedication to sustainability, both individually and through our Ambition 2025, a set of collective environmental ambitions for the industry. "We have long advocated the importance of data in transitioning to a more circular economy and support the government's call for more available data to support industrial symbiosis and more circular approaches". "What we are doing is working for the best deal for the British people for Brexit", May told media.

The Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) also welcomed the plan.

The wide-ranging government strategy includes a Whitehall-led crackdown on the officially-sanctioned use of disposable plastic goods, such as knives, forks, and straws - underpinning a nationwide target to "eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042".

May also claimed that the United Kingdom was a world-leader in the manufacturing of electric vehicles, which, while it may not be untrue, it falls behind China, the US, Japan, Norway, and the Netherlands.

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Co-leader of the Green Party and MP Caroline Lucas said: "The very fact that the prime minister is making this speech is a step forward, and the announcements within it are welcome, but we should be very clear that its contents simply aren't commensurate with the scale of the crises we face". We are committed to increasing recycling and believe this should feature strongly as part of the environment plan.

The Prime Minister on Thursday vowed to take action on the "scourge" of plastic by 2042, pledging to slash the production of single-use packaging which ends up polluting countryside and beaches and poisoning the world's oceans.

Theresa May announced earlier today at the London Wetland Centre her 25 Year Plan for the environment.

A holistic initiative is now in development by WRAP in a joint partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The issue is set to be further complication by the recent decision to ban the importation of solid waste including plastic by China, where the vast majority of Ireland's plastic waste now ends up.

I understand that the document will cover many policy areas, including: managing land sustainably; enhancing nature and recovering wildlife; increasing people's health and well-being through nature; resource efficiency, reduction of pollution and waste and protecting and improving the global environment.

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