May pledges to end ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042

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People sorting waste from conveyor at recycling facility. Photograph: Huguette Roe/123RF
Recycling: DEFRA wants to accelerate work to improve consistency between local authorities in materials collected Photograph: Huguette Roe/123RF

Plastic waste will be eliminated in 25 years’ time through a raft of measures covering each stage of a product’s lifecycle, prime minister Theresa May has pledged.

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