Environmental Strategy Launch
China’s Plastic import ban is a hot topic at present, and one that doesn’t show signs of diminishing anytime soon.
The subject appears to be causing quite a storm, prompting action plans and discussion from many senior influencers, not-least the Prime Minister who is the latest person to offer her support to campaigns that are currently being formulated to reduce the environmental impact of the proposed ban that has been sanctioned.
Theresa May, speaking at the launch of a ‘25-year environmental strategy’ drawn up by Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, described plastic waste as ‘one of the great environmental scourges of our time’.
May went on to set out the UK’s stance to lead internationally on environmental issues, eliminating all avoidable plastic waste within the prescribed period. She commented: ‘’I can confirm that the UK will demonstrate global leadership. We must reduce the demand and circulation of plastic, to improve our recycling rates.’’
Having already extended the hugely successful 5p levy on plastic bags to smaller shops, conversation was protracted to the possibility of taxation on take-away containers, as well as an urge for supermarkets to introduce aisles without any plastic packaging, where all goods are to be sold loose.
This news broke just days after the Environmental Audit Committee called for a 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups and an aim to recycle 100% of coffee cups by 2023.
Starbucks, the global coffeehouse chain responded in kind by announcing that it was to introduce a 5p charge on disposable cups in 20-25 of its London stores for three months, as part of a trial, with all proceeds going to environmental consultancy, Hubbub.
The charitable consultancy’ will use the funds to run a behaviour change study, helping to understand how the public can be encouraged to choose reusable containers. The findings will be shared with interested parties.
Specialists in all things Waste Management, Mick George Ltd has a comprehensive range of recycling solutions available to commercial clients, that are seeking improved methods of dealing with their waste that contributes to the wider environmental dilemma that the world now faces.