Theresa May pledges Brexit Britain will lead global fight against plastic pollution

UK’s May announces 25-year environmental plan including plastic waste reduction

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said the world's oceans were "some of our most valuable natural assets", and she was determined "we act now to tackle the plastic that devastates our precious marine life".

However, the BPF wants to emphasise the important benefits that the plastics industry brings to the United Kingdom, including 170,000 jobs, as well as the environmental advantages of utilising plastics, such as cutting fuel consumption, preventing food waste, reduced emissions and its place in the fight against climate change. It also aims to increase the collection and recycling of plastics packaging.

Supermarkets should introduce plastic-free aisles where all food is loose as part of a government pledge to cut waste, Theresa May will say today. "And promoting innovation amongst producers will be critical to ensuring we eliminate unnecessary single-use items, as well as making sure that they are taking financial responsibility for the impact these products have". Reportedly, businesses, industry, governments, local authorities, NGOs, media and society will be involved in defining a plastics system that works and to develop a circular economy. Microbeads will no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products, according to the ban. In years to come, I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly", said May, adding: "We will take action at every stage of the production and consumption of plastic. "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", said Gove. "It says very little and promises to deliver even less, with no legal force included in the strategy".


Responding to May's speech, the British Plastics Federation (BPF) said in a press release that it was "disturbed" by the tone, which "does not recognize the important benefits that the plastics industry brings to the United Kingdom, including 170,000 jobs". "Whether it's ocean plastics, air pollution or climate change, there's a huge price to pay for every day that goes by without progress", said Leonie Cooper on the environment committee of the London Assembly - a body elected to hold the mayor's office to account.

Numerous measures due to be included in the speech have either already been formally announced by ministers or were briefed to the media ahead of the speech.

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