At the beginning of 2018, the UK Government announced plans to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042; the term avoidable was subsequently defined as what is technically, environmentally and economically practicable.
The aforementioned plans were released in a UK Government publication, ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’:
The publication specifies particular areas of concentration for the next 25 years, including improving the cleanliness of seas / oceans, reducing waste, and working with land more sustainably. Specifically, the plan attempts to address all aspects of the plastics lifecycle, including:
The plan follows suit with other actions within the UK; for example, what has been referred to as a ‘latte levy’ (i.e. a fee applied to disposable coffee cups) was also proposed at the beginning of 2018. The plan also follows suit with actions elsewhere in Europe:
It appears that the UK Government are now taking a more active stance on tackling plastics to follow in the footsteps of industry. Last year, Unilever announced plans to make all of their plastic packaging fully recyclable by 2030 and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, campaigner for the wider adoption of circular economy models, released a new global action plan to recycle and re-use 70% of the worlds plastic packaging.