11 JAN 2018

Therese Welcomes 25 Year Environment Plan

The Prime Minister today formally launched the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan – which outlines steps for a cleaner,greener Britain – with avoidable plastic waste eliminated by the end of 2042.

In her capacity as Environment Minister, Therese has been instrumental in developing the plan – which will extend the hugely successful 5p carrier bag charge to all retailers in England; encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles to give consumers the choice to make greener decisions; and promote the use of less damaging plastic packaging.

Therese said: "I'm delighted that the Prime Minister has unveiled our 25 Year Environment Plan – which sets out the Government's determination to leave our environment in a better state than we found it and I congratulate her on showing the global leadership which is needed to tackle this important issue."

"Waste is choking our oceans and despoiling our landscapes as well as contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and scarring habitats. Which is why our plan outlines proposals to reduce our use of the plastics which contribute to pollution and also broader steps to encourage recycling and the more thoughtful use of resources."

Therese added: "I'm grateful to the Prime Minister for reappointing me as Environment Minister earlier this week, which will enable me to press on and help implement the plan. Improving the environment will take individual and collective action and our plan will guide each and all of us."

The plan will also inject new funding into plastics innovation through a bid into the government's £7 billion research and development pot; encourage industry to take more responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products; and government will also look at how the tax system or charges could further reduce the amount of waste we create. A call for evidence on how to reduce the use of single-use plastics will begin next month.

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