Government releases plastic waste briefing paper

The UK Government has released a wide-ranging briefing paper on plastic waste ahead of the return of the Environment Bill, expected at the end of the month.

The briefing paper, published on Tuesday (7 January) covers the scale of plastic waste in the UK, the environmental issues of plastic waste, issues surrounding how we talk about and define plastic and government and EU policy ambitions on the matter.

The government has made tackling plastic pollution a key part of its environment policy. The 25 Year Environment Plan pledged to eradicate ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042, and the Resources and Waste Strategy made a number of pledges to deal with the torrent of plastic waste in the UK – estimated at 4.9 million tonnes by WWF in 2014.