Continue to lead the world in tackling plastics pollution
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Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.43
We will continue to lead the world in tackling plastics pollution, both in the UK and internationally...
- This promise presumes that the UK has been leading the world in tackling plastics pollution, and commits to continuing to do so.
- The UK trails many countries in plastic recycling rates and does not even have reliable data on plastic packaging and recycling. However, there is movement towards improving the situation, most notably clauses in the Environment Bill currently progressing through Parliament.
- The UK lags behind other countries in many respects regarding plastics pollution, the November 2020 Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution made no mention of plastics, and early in 2021 a row erupted over the UK’s plans for exporting plastic waste – so there is an argument for giving this a status of ‘not started’. However, elements of the Environment Bill do represent advances towards a leadership role, so for now we’re marking this policy as ‘in progress’ – we’ll keep tracking developments.
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