Theresa May outlines green plans and plastic bans

Theresa May outlines green plans and plastic bans

Theresa May outlines green plans and plastic bans

A consistent approach to plastic bag charging in England will give all retailers the chance to raise money for good causes and contribute to the positive environmental impact of reducing the number of carrier bags in circulation.

Environment Secretary and leading Brexiteer Michael Gove has promised a "Green Brexit" once the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Theresa May has defended her 25-year plan to protect the environment as campaigners called for "emergency" action now.

Once people have bought their own refillable coffee cup or water bottle they just need to take it with them every time and will never have to pay these charges.

Ireland is now the top producer of plastic waste in Europe, producing 61kg of plastic waste per person each year.

"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".

The UK government is planning to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the country within next 25 years.

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.

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Setting an example in the eradication of avoidable plastic waste, May said that the government would seek to reduce single-use plastics in its workplace and suggested that other large organizations should consider banning staff from using them in their workplace, as well.

The Environment Secretary said the Government was "determined to tackle the throwaway culture which plastics encapsulate".

Environmental group Greenpeace UK said, "the measures announced today don't match the scale of the environmental crisis we face".

He also confirmed that he is working with International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt on using the £13 billion foreign aid budget to tackle the tide of plastic poisoning the world's oceans.

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.

There was, however, no explicit support for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles which has been called for by the Environmental Audit Committee.

Also under examination is a call from the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs last week for urgent action to curb the mountain of up to five billion disposable coffee cups dumped each year, nearly none of which are recycled.

"A long-term vision for protecting our environment is essential, but the government can't keep turning a blind eye to the urgent action needed now to protect our health and planet from toxic air and climate-wrecking pollution", he said.

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