Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee: End plastic waste exports by 2027

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has called for a ban on the export of all plastic waste from the UK by the end of 2027 in a bid to reduce the country’s contribution to global plastic pollution.

Within a new report titled ‘The price of plastic: ending the toll of plastic waste’, the committee says the proposed ban should be part of a strategy to use less plastic, re-use more of it, and boost recycling. It calls on the Government to ‘work with industry to unlock up to £1 billion of private investment in domestic plastic reprocessing infrastructure’.

To combat the ‘pervasive problem of plastic pollution’, EFRA suggests that the government publish a roadmap on how to achieve the 2027 ban by March 2023.