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UK commits to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042

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

As part of this effort, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, this week, will set out the 25-year environmental agenda and address the rising plastic pollution in the country’s oceans.

For cleaner and greener future, the government will mandate the 5p on all single-use plastic bags provided by all retailers.

It will also encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles, providing options for consumers to make greener decisions and promote the usage of less damaging plastic packaging.

Additionally, industries will be encouraged to take more responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and make them recyclable, the government said.

In addition to considering a new tax system or charges to further reduce plastic waste, the government intends to bring measures to inject new funding into plastics innovation through the its £7bn research and development pot.

May said: “In the UK alone, the amount of single-use plastic wasted every year would fill 1,000 Royal Albert Halls.

“This plastic is ingested by dozens of species of marine mammals and over 100 species of sea birds, causing immense suffering to individual creatures and degrading vital habitats.

“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.”

May noted that the government will work with partners to create a Commonwealth Blue Charter and push for strong action to reduce ocean plastic waste.

“We will direct our development spending to help developing nations reduce plastic waste, increase our own marine protected areas at home, and establish new Blue Belt protections in our Overseas Territories.”

Image: The UK seeks to eradicate plastic waste in the country within next 25 years. Photo: courtesy of andhu/