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UK Government Announces Long Term Environmental Strategy

uk goverment announces long term environmental strategyThe UK government has launched a comprehensive 25-year plan which aims to protect the environment and crack down on “avoidable” plastic waste.

Entitled “A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment” the report pledges to bring an end to avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042.

Under the plan, the government will strive to introduce “plastic-free” aisles in supermarkets where packaging is kept to a minimum and consider charges on items such as takeaway containers. The plan also confirmed that the popular 5p charge for plastic carrier bags will be extended to all retailers in England. There are also pledges to fund research into ‘plastics innovation’ and to help developing nations tackle pollution and plastic waste.

However, while there has been praise for the plans from some corners, environmental campaigners such as Greenpeace have criticized the plans as vague and said that they are skeptical of whether they will follow through with their pledges. Questions were also raised as to why there were no plans for bottle-return schemes, and as to whether a firm timetable had been put in place to realize the pledges.

Last year, in the UK over half a million tonnes of plastic was collected from British homes. This included bottles, tubs, trays and other plastic items. However, while the figures may sound encouraging in total they represented just a 1% increase from the previous year. Recoup, who produced the figures, cited budget cuts and poor communications to homeowners from their local authorities as to what can and cannot be recycled.

Here at LSPS, recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807, or visit our website for further information.

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