UK scheme to fight plastic pollution in overseas territories

The Darwin Plus Scheme is inviting applications until 3rd September 2018

Starbucks pledges to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

They will be replaced with new lids designed for use without straws and paper or compostable alternatives

Iceland trials 10p paper bags in war against plastic

It aims to find out if customers are willing to ditch plastic carrier bags and pay 10p for an alternative

UK businesses offered £4m to design circular future for plastics

Projects can be led by a business or a research and technology organisation but must include an SME

UK Parliament crackdown on plastic waste

A 25p charge will be added to hot drinks served in single-use cups as part of a trial

New research and innovation hub to tackle global plastic waste

The UK is contributing £25m and will play a leading role in designing and running the Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Framework

Wales unveils disposable plastic waste plans

The government intends to work with other parts of the UK for a deposit return scheme for drink containers

Plymouth Uni granted £200k for microplastics research

The project will be used to improve scientific understanding of how tiny plastic particles from tyres and fishing gear enter waterways and oceans

Global nations commit $4bn to protect environment

The Global Environment Facility will protect the marine environment, including from plastic waste pollution

World-leading pact by UK businesses to cut plastic pollution

The signatories are responsible for more than 80% of the plastic packaging on products sold through UK supermarkets