Theresa May 'declares war on plastic'

Theresa May

REUTERS Daniel Leal-Olivas Pool

It was also disappointing to see a deadline of 2042 to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste.

"It is pleasing to note that the Prime Minister remains committed to an evidence-based approach to establishing the best way to deal with plastic waste and will consult widely", added FDF chief scientific officer Helen Munday. They say the plans could simply be shelved if they become inconvenient and argued the promise to stop "avoidable" plastic waste is too vague. Yet there is very little either in Theresa May's speech or in the government plan to persuade people that their policies will lead to real change anytime soon.

In a bid to reduce "throwaway culture", Theresa May is set to announce plans to extend the 5p plastic bag charge to all shops.

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. By that time, we would have added, at the current rate, nearly another 300million tonnes of plastic to our oceans. Earlier this week, a ban on microbeads in rinse-off cosmetic and personal care products came into force, to the praise of the wider public.

Food manufacturers and supermarkets are likely to be in the front line as the United Kingdom government draws the battle lines for a war against plastic waste.

Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts
China is an attractive market for Western tech companies despite the dilemma of increasingly strict internet censorship. However Weibo users responding to the post were not convinced the change was exclusively aimed at improving performance.

WWF UK was more positive, saying the plan "could be a turning point for nature". "So we are trying to do our little bit there as well".

He added: "Having invested heavily in new facilities to support the move away from landfill over the last decade, we are pleased that this plan recognises the important role energy recovery facilities have played in this transition and the ambition to make these facilities more efficient by identifying ways to increase the use of the heat they produce".

Publication has been delayed several times amid the shifting circumstances of Brexit and changes in environment secretary, while a leaked draft of the plan in circulation a year ago was criticised as lacking policies. With plastic now being found in everything from our seafood, to our beer, tap water and sea salt, we need urgent action in the here and now.

Louise Edge, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said: "This announcement was billed as a major push to tackle our plastic problem, but it looks more like a missed opportunity. We urge Government to work with our industry on the detail of its new Resources and Waste Strategy to develop a world leading approach for the United Kingdom".

"It is a long-term plan, it's about the next 25 years", May responded.

Latest News