The UK government announced plans to ban single-use plastic plates and cutlery, as well as polystyrene cups. The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic polluting the environment.
Why ban single-use plastics?
Furthermore, Libby Peake of the Green Alliance think tank, there should also be an emphasis on decreasing waste at the source: “Alternatives [to single-use plastic plates and cutlery] made from other materials also aren’t necessary and will store up environmental problems for the future. We need to address the root of the problem, redesigning the system and tackling the throwaway society once and for all.”
Extended Producer Responsibility
The UK government is also taking action to tackle plastic waste through the UK Plastics Pact, which plans on tackling possible actions by 2025. Eight harmful plastic items have been highlighted for elimination by Pact members.
Reducing single-use plastic waste is a common sense solution for protecting nature.
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