United Kingdom government declares war on plastics

Theresa May extends the 5p plastic bag charge to all shops

The 5p plastic bag charge is to be extended to all shops and small retailers

She also said that the different types of plastics needed to be reduced.

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".

She highlighted the fact that the carrier bag charge brought in in 2015 had the "direct conseqence that we have used nine billion fewer of them since the charge".

Michael Gove was recently seen entering Downing Street with a reusable bamboo coffee cup after facing criticism over using a plastic disposable cup. "We would say that you need more comprehensive and ambitious legislation with far-reaching targets if you're going to get into a position where you're actually improving the environment in the longer term", he told the Guardian.

"It is pleasing to note that the Prime Minister remains committed to an evidence-based approach to establishing the best way to deal with plastic waste and will consult widely", added FDF chief scientific officer Helen Munday.

"The environment secretary also said that he was working collaboratively with the secretary of state for worldwide development to look at using aid money on the environmental agenda, such as reducing pollution by plastics", the spokesperson added.

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"Now we have reached this important milestone, we will explore how we can build on our world-leading ban and tackle other forms of plastic waste", Coffey added.

A clampdown would represent a huge victory for the Mail's campaign to Turn the Tide on Plastic.

"We will direct our development spending to help developing nations reduce plastic waste, increase our own marine protected areas at home, and establish new Blue Belt protections in our Overseas Territories".

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

The initial focus of any new tax is likely to be on single-use plastic products which can not be recycled, such as polystyrene packaging, disposable coffee cups and bubble wrap.

The wide-ranging strategy contains references to recycling and plastics.

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Society's addiction to throwaway plastic is a growing menace to the environment.

She will warn that it is causing "immense suffering" to marine life, with 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals and turtles dying after eating or getting tangled up in it.

It is estimated that 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s.

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

Environmental groups have welcomed indications that the Government could introduce a tax but have urged ministers to act swiftly and decisively.

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