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UK to ban all sales of single-use plastics

The ban is a step toward the country's goals to eliminate avoidable plastic waste as part of the 25 Year Environmental Plan

  • May 03, 2018 18:30
  • Author Olya Georgieva
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The UK is set to ban all sales of single-use plastics, including plastic straws and Q-tips from the country as early as next year. Prime Minister Theresa May announced the new ban during a meeting with Commonwealth nations. The past efforts by the UK to reduce plastic use have resulted in significant and measurable decreases in plastic waste across the country, which can be used as a case study for other countries considering similar bans or taxes.

The ban is a step toward the country's goals to eliminate avoidable plastic waste as part of the 25 Year Environmental Plan. The newly proposed ban follows the successful implementation of a plastic bag charge and a microbead ban, both of which produced noticeable decreases in plastic in England's waters. This ban will help to clean up England's rivers, beaches, and oceans from harmful plastic, which is often ingested by marine life and later finds its way onto your dinner plate.

Source: Forbes



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