How the 25-year environment plan targets production of single-use plastics

Measures to tackle the ‘scourge’ of plastics pollution were placed at the forefront of the 25-year environment plan, but experts have warned of unintended consequences

Waste single-use plastics
Single-use plastic: government wants producers to take more responsibility. Photograph: photka/123RF

“One of the great environmental scourges of our time” was how prime minister Theresa May described pollution caused by single use plastic in her speech ahead of the publication of the 25-year environment plan.

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