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U.K. May Declares War on Plastic with a 25-Year Plan

Jan. 11, 2018, 1:51 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May declared war on plastics, outlining a plan to eliminate “avoidable” waste by 2042, including proposals for new taxes and funding for sustainable alternatives.

The amount of single-use plastic waste generated by Britons every year is enough to fill the Albert Hall, a London concert venue, a thousand times over, May said in a speech Jan. 11 at the London Wetlands Centre. Her plan includes proposals to extend a tax on plastic bags to small retailers and to encourage plastic-free aisles in supermarkets.

“This truly is one of the great environmental scourges of our time,” May said ...