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May wants plastic-free aisles put into supermarkets

May wants plastic-free aisles put into supermarkets

A call for evidence on how to reduce the use of single-use plastics will begin next month, the government added.

She is also considering plans to charge 25p for throwaway plastic coffee cups.

Announcing a consultation to apply the 5p plastic bag tax to all shops, the PM is expected to say the success of the scheme has demonstrated the effectiveness of state intervention.

Pictured: Millions of pieces of plastic have washed up on the beaches of the United Kingdom after Storm Eleanor.

May also said manufacturers will be targeted.

'There's been a almost 90 per cent reduction in bags.

By leading the world in setting such a target for the end to plastic pollution, Mrs May will sat that the United Kingdom is "demonstrating global leadership [that] will also do more to help developing nations tackle pollution and reduce plastic waste, including through United Kingdom aid".

After a shaky start to the year when a reshuffle of her top team of ministers fell flat, May wants to show that her premiership is more than just Brexit and has chosen environmental reform to try to win over voters.

Beachcombers were horrified by the scale of plastic rubbish on the coast. On Sunday, Mrs May promised a clampdown on plastic waste.

The Labour party branded the speech a "cynical attempt at rebranding the Tories" image" while the Liberal Democrats said it "beggared belief' that a target of 2042 had been set for removing plastic waste and that action was needed now.




Would a latte levy reduce waste?

"Because don't forget we've been here before with the Conservatives adopting a nice green sheen".

Ministers have already unveiled plans to crack down on the ivory trade and increase sentences for animal abusers.

WRAP said that the initiative aims to eliminate "unnecessary and problematic single-use packaging" as well as ensuring all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Most takeaway coffee cups can not be easily recycled because of the plastic coatings inside them.

Society's addiction to throwaway plastic is a growing menace to the environment. Mrs May's speech, at the London Wetlands Centre, saw here talk of the "eight million tonnes of plastics which makes it way into the oceans each year".

She said now, the United Kingdom produces enough single-use plastic waste each year to fill 1,000 Albert Halls - much of this ends up in the ocean, where it kills around 1 million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles annually.

According to the EPA, potential health impacts included exposure to drinking water, accidental ingestion through bathing and consumption of food prepared using contaminated water.

Another group that has expressed concern about these proposals is environmental organisation Greenpeace, which suggested that the government's proposals are not swift enough.


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