Friday, 20 July, 2018

25-Year Environment Plan: What We Know So Far

All EU member states including the UK must have measures to curb the use of plastic bags by the end of 2018 All EU member states including the UK must have measures to curb the use of plastic bags by the end of 2018
Faye Gross | 14 January, 2018, 00:26

Commenting on the announcement, Pippa Tyrell of local environmental group Transition Wilmslow, says: "What most seem to forget is that people are not paying the 5p plastic bag charge; plastic bag use has dropped by 85%".

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, chief executive of the Wildlife Trusts, said that the plans ambitions "raised the spirits", but that the lack of legal underpinning of the plan was a fundamental flaw.

Britain's natural assets were not only sources of food, but also a support for hundreds of thousands of jobs and are "good for our physical and mental health and our emotional and spiritual well-being", she said.

"Plastic can be an ideal packaging material that prevents wastage of food and products and we are encouraged that the Government recognises the importance of both recycling and lifecycle analysis in its plan".

She suggested fruit, vegetables and other fresh foods should be sold loose instead of in plastic packaging and said the United Kingdom government will work with supermarkets to encourage them to introduce plastic-free aisles in which all food is loose.

Notable targets include eliminating all avoidable waste by 2050 and all avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042.

The plans further outlined proposals to release a "resources and waste strategy" in 2018 aimed at making the United Kingdom "a world leader in resource efficiency". We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates, ' she will say in extracts released before the speech.

But Katie Perrior, who was Mrs May's former Director of Communications, has raised doubts around the motive behind the Prime Minister's recent environmental policies.

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It was the most important prime ministerial speech on the environment for a generation.

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

"We don't want to go back to being the "dirty man of Europe", she added. So far, nine billion fewer plastic bags have been used as a direct outcome of introducing the charge.

Andrew Opie, director of food policy at the British Retail Consortium, the trade association for United Kingdom retailers, explained that the retail industry wants to see a holistic approach to the environment and resources.

In A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, ministers said they would consult on creating an independent watchdog "that would hold government to account for upholding environmental standards".

He said: 'The 5p plastic bag showed what can be achieved through targeted action. He added: "There was much to welcome".

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn said 25 years was "far too long" to take action.

In declaring such goals, however, the new plan also calls for an approach to agriculture, forestry, land use and fishing that puts the environment first. "This is the right ambition, setting us apart from a race to the bottom that would only end badly for the United Kingdom".

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