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Continue to lead the world in tackling plastics pollution

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We will continue to lead the world in tackling plastics pollution, both in the UK and internationally...

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.43

Our verdict

  • 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, but steps now being taken do represent advances towards a leadership role, so this policy is ‘in progress’.

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