23 May, 2019

UK Government ban on single-use plastics: comment

The bans on certain types of single use plastics is to be welcomed. However, it is only a start.

David Newman
Written by David Newman
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The bans on certain types of single use plastics is to be welcomed and will help reduce littering and plastics going to the marine and soil environments.

However, it is only a start. The big leap forward will be when we tax plastics enough to pay for them to be collected, recycled and for litter clean ups across the world.

At present the plastic industry is doing its best to not pay for any of its damaging externalities, and we have to work hard for this to change.