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Theresa May to call time on avoidable plastics by 2042

13 January 2018

Typically, food waste in stores increases by a third without packaging.

Former Conservative MP Lord Hayward told Sky News last month that United Kingdom supermarkets should follow other European supermarkets which he says offer customers a larger selection of vegetables unwrapped.

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has launched an initiative to help "turn the tide on the UK's growing issue of plastic waste".

The movement to end "throwaway culture" is part of the United Kingdom government's 25-year plan to create a "Green Future", and improve the environment.

Mrs May says she will put the issue of the agenda at April's Commonwealth heads of government meeting, and she plans to do her bit domestically as well, expanding charges on plastic bags.

May said: "We look back in horror at some of the damage done to our environment in the past and wonder how anyone could have thought that, for example, dumping toxic chemicals into rivers was ever the right thing to do".

Video: Would a latte levy reduce waste? "We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates". 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.

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"Respecting nature's intrinsic value and making sure we are wise stewards of our natural world is critical if we are to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it. 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.

In an effort to get a grip on this issue, Theresa May earlier today announced a further clamp down on 5p plastic bags with a new proposal to extend the charge that now affects supermarkets to stores with fewer than 250 employees.

Despite this, green groups are angry that no legal support will enforce the proposals, and some are claiming that May's promises are too vague.

She called for a fracking ban and for a new Clean Air Act as well as backing Labour's environmental amendments to the Brexit bill next week.

"We look forward to working with government to help the United Kingdom progress towards a truly circular economy by helping to reduce littering, significantly increasing recycling infrastructure, ensuring all packaging used for food and drink consumed "on the go" is captured for recycling, encouraging design for recyclability and the use of recycled materials in new low carbon products". It will also eliminate illegal waste sites and fly-tipping, reduce littering and significantly reduce marine plastic pollution.

In addition, there will be new funding into plastics innovation through a bid into the government's £7bn research and development pot.

Theresa May to call time on avoidable plastics by 2042