United Kingdom grocery mulls over government war on plastic waste

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The union, which also said it believes farming and the environment must go hand-in-hand in the future, was responding to the Government's newly-announced 25-year Environmental Plan.

Farming groups are anxious over how any new green policy will allow farms, as well as the environment, to prosper and during her speech, Mrs May rejected as a "false choice" the suggestion that Britain must choose between economic growth or environmental protection.

Supermarkets will be encouraged to introduce plastic-free aisles as part of a move to prevent billions of tonnes of waste packaging ending up in the oceans.

Launching her 25-year environment plan, Theresa May explained that supermarkets will be encouraged to have plastic-free aisles, millions of trees will be planted and more money will be put into outdoor spaces for schools.

The 5p charge on plastic bags is set to be enforced in corner shops and other small retailers, as the government extends its plans to tackle "throwaway culture".

Government sources were tight-lipped about the precise plans, but a deposit scheme for plastic bottles and new taxes on throwaway plastics, such as disposable coffee cups, are both under consideration.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to announce a purge of single use plastics from the United Kingdom economy, as she unveils a "25-year environmental plan" in the south London borough of Barnes.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, whose Ellen MacArthur Foundation works closely with the plastics industry and industry associations such as PlasticsEurope to develop a circular economy for plastics, also welcomed the announcement, but insisted that the approach to tackling plastic waste and achieving circularity must include the entire value chain.

With the dust settled on the launch of the Government's plan to improve the environment over a generation, edie has taken a look at seven key measures that could have the biggest impact on those in the sustainability and energy management community.

"This means ensuring that Government and its agencies have the capacity to process license applications in a timely manner and that marine environmental designations are properly resourced and backed up by robust evidence".

May said the measures outlined in the strategy demonstrated the "global leadership" role on the environment the United Kingdom was keen to take. "Whatever we do [in regards to plastic packaging] we must not risk increasing food waste".

Mrs May said the government will lead by example and remove all single-use plastic from its offices.

"We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates", she said.

Writing in the Times of London, Perrior noted that Andrea Leadsom, the former environment secretary, was once told to make the 25-year plan "as boring as possible".

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