LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge on Thursday to get rid of avoidable plastic waste inside 25 years, in an try to shift the main target away from her government’s divisions over Brexit to a extra wide-ranging home agenda.
After months of headlines dominated by Brexit, scandal and an ill-judged election, May will attempt to present that she has a grip on home points to assist counter the rising reputation of the opposition Labour Party.
In a speech on the setting, May will announce plans to shut the exemption which means retailers with fewer than 250 staff don’t have to cost prospects 5 pence for a single-use plastic bag.
Avoidable plastic waste is a time period utilized by business to explain merchandise together with plastic baggage, straws, espresso stirrers, soda and water bottles and most meals packaging.
May will even urge supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles the place all of the meals is unfastened and announce a session on modifications to the tax system to assist scale back the usage of different single-use plastic objects.
“This truly is one of the great environmental scourges of our time,” May will say, in line with excerpts of a speech launched by her workplace. “In years to come, I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly.”
May will say over 1 million birds and over 100,000 different sea mammals and turtles die yearly from consuming and getting tangled in plastic waste, whereas one in three fish caught within the English Channel accommodates items of plastic.
In 2015, Britain launched a cost of 5 pence on all single-use plastic baggage supplied by massive outlets, which led to an 83 p.c discount in UK plastic baggage used within the first 12 months.
Earlier this week, a ban on plastic microbeads utilized in cosmetics and private care merchandise got here into power throughout Britain.
Worries about overuse of two.5 billion disposable espresso cups annually have additionally been raised by campaigners, and the environmental audit committee final week known as for a 25 pence “latte levy” to be charged on high of the value of a sizzling drink.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed he was able to practise what he preached, by turning up for a cupboard assembly clutching a reusable espresso mug earlier this week.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; enhancing by Stephen Addison