Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England, as part of the government’s bid to cut plastic waste.
Announcing a consultation on a possible ban of the ministers of 8.5 trillion plastic straws were thrown away in the uk each year.
The prime minister said that the plastic waste was “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world”.
And Theresa May, we urge the leaders at the commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which starts later, to follow the uk’s initiative to tackle the problem.
The Queen will formally open the summit, at an event in Buckingham Palace which was attended by the prime ministers and presidents of the 53 states that make up the organization.
Ms. May said that the uk was a “world leader” in the fight against plastic waste, highlighting the charges that have been introduced for plastic bags, the ban of the microspheres, and the announcement in March of a consultation on the introduction of a deposit scheme to return packaging of beverages in England.
“Together with our national action, this week we’re bringing together the countries of the Commonwealth to join us in the fight against plastics,” he said.
“The state is a unique organization, with a great diversity of wildlife, the environment and costs.
“Together we can achieve real change for future generations to enjoy a natural environment that is more healthy we can find at the moment.”
It is 60 uk music festivals, including Bestival in Dorset and Boomtown in Hampshire, said that the ban of plastic straws in their events this summer.
Bestival co-founder Rob Da Bank said they were “leading the global charge against unnecessary plastic”, as the group of festivals have also pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic in 2021.’Turning the tide’
Environment secretary, Michael Gove, who lost the idea of the ban of plastic straws in February, will be the launch of the consultation at the end of this year.
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He said: “We have already seen a number of shops, bars and restaurants to step up to the plate and the cut plastic use.
“However, it is only through the government, enterprises and the public working together that we will protect our environment for the next generation – we all have a role to play in the transformation of the tide on the plastic.”
Greenpeace uk and Friends of the Earth have welcomed the announcement as a “step forward” but also warned of more action.
Greenpeace Louise Edge said that other non-recyclable “problem plastics” should also be banned at the first opportunity, and retailers must take responsibility for phase-out of single-use plastics in their own products.
And FotE Julian Kirby said that the “only long-term solution is a complete removal of all but the most essential plastics”.
The news was welcomed by the Green Party, but the co-leader Jonathan Bartley said that the government “should see these plans through action, and to carry forward the absolutely un-ambitious goal of eliminating all avoidable plastic waste in 2042”.
Earlier this week, Mrs May announced the new Clean up the Oceans of the Alliance – an agreement between the united kingdom, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana, that is committed to a ban on microbeads in cosmetics and cut plastic bag use in 2021.
To fund, she is also assigned £61.4 m for the global research and to improve waste management in developing countries.’Emotional’ event
The Queen will be accompanied by other members of the Royal family at the formal opening of the commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (chogm) on Thursday morning.
BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, said it would be “emotional” to some, because it might be the last heads of government of the commonwealth, the Queen opened – she has left to travel long distances, and the event is unlikely to return to London for some time.
“The state has been fed by the Queen through the decades and that has a special place in her affections,” he said.
“That the affection is reflected between the heads of government, which tend to send more junior representative to the meeting – this time it is the prime ministers and presidents.”
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A series of events that have already taken place ahead of the first official day of the heads of government of the commonwealth, including a commonwealth Youth Forum, which was attended by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The lady Can also Caribbean met the leaders Tuesday to apologize for the fiasco regarding the threats of expulsion to the Windrush generation, who are legally established in the uk 70 years ago.