United Kingdom commits to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042

United Kingdom commits to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042

United Kingdom commits to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042

Commenting on the plans, Gove said: "Our Environment Plan sets out how over the next 25 years we will radically reduce the waste that is choking oceans and rivers, cleanse our air of toxic pollutants and create new habitats for our most precious wildlife to thrive".

A spokesperson for May said 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, with research indicating that without urgent action to cut demand this is likely to be 34 billion tonnes by 2050. "Working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we will bring together every "body, business and organisation" involved in the life-cycle of plastics to make the move from a throw away culture to one where resources are used over and over again".

More than one million birds and 100,000 turtles, whales and dolphins die from eating or getting tangled in plastic waste.

'Today I can confirm that the United Kingdom will demonstrate global leadership.

In the United Kingdom alone, the Marine Conservation Society found 718 pieces of litter for every 100-metre stretch of beach surveyed in its Great British Beach Clean Up.

May said the measures outlined in the strategy demonstrated the "global leadership" role on the environment the United Kingdom was keen to take.

Further proposals to standardise recycling practices across the United Kingdom and encourage manufacturers and retailers to streamline the number of different plastics they use are also expected.

At the Cabinet meeting, Mr Gove praised the results of a 5p plastic bag charge, which he said has resulted in a 90% decline in use, and promised a series of new initiatives on Thursday.

United Kingdom retailers Co-op and Iceland have already come out in support of a bottle deposit-return scheme, which has been proposed by Greenpeace.

"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".

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CIWM said in a statement that the Prime Minister's assertion that the state must play a key role in protecting the environment and developing new, green technologies is welcome.

The small shop exemption was introduced by the government against the wishes of retailers.

The PM said the plan would send a "clear message to the public about the Government's commitment to be the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state than it inherited".

He concluded: "If it takes 25 years to reach some of these aims, that will be too long for the development of an economically sustainable plastics recycling sector in the United Kingdom".

It was left unclear how this would relate to the Environment Agency or whether it would replace it.

Theresa May is to declare war on the UK's "throwaway culture" by demanding the 5p levy on plastic bags is extended from supermarkets and other major stores to all shops. "So the Government is simply playing catch up with this announcement".

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