UK Government to ban plastic straws and cotton buds

It is part of the government’s efforts to reduce plastic waste in the world’s oceans

Theresa May announces £61.4m to tackle global plastic waste

The Prime Minister is to call on Commonwealth Heads of Government to join an alliance to fight plastic pollution

Sky to invest £25m in new ideas to reduce plastic waste

Sky Ocean Ventures will support innovators and businesses developing new products that help solve the ocean plastic crisis

Spring Statement: Chancellor consults on tax charges to tackle plastic waste

Philip Hammond said money raised from any tax changes would be invested in developing new, greener products and processes

Extra funding to cut plastic waste in London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a further £6 million of funding in a bid to boost green spaces and reduce plastic waste in the city. The fund will deliver the rollout of more public water fountains – on top of the 20 recently announced – and create better local green spaces, including in areas […]

Asda’s new pledges to fight plastic waste

Asda has become the latest supermarket to join the fight against plastic waste. It has pledged to “use less and recycle more”, aiming to reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging by 10% this year and work with suppliers and experts to find new ways to replace it and introduce more recyclable solutions. It […]

Network of free water refill points to fight plastic waste

  A new national drinking water scheme aims to encourage more people to refill their bottles for free in a bid to tackle single-use plastic waste. High street retailers, coffee shops, businesses and local authorities must offer free refill points to the public in every major city and town in England by 2021. Industry body […]

EU wants all plastic waste to be recyclable by 2030

The European Commission has launched the first ever EU-wide strategy to fight plastic waste. It aims to ensure all plastic packaging is recyclable by 2030, the use of single-use plastics is reduced and the intentional use of microplastics is restricted. Europeans generate around 25 million tonnes of plastic waste every year but less than 30% […]

UK ‘needs a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles’

The UK needs to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles to boost the recycling rate to 90%. That’s according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which has called on the government to implement a number of measures to reduce waste. Other suggestions include making it a legal requirement to provide free drinking water […]

Plastic in the sea? That just isn’t cricket!

A cricket team have joined force with Sky in an initiative to reduce the amount of single-use plastic used at the Oval cricket ground in London. The Kia Oval team and Sky Ocean Rescue have teamed up to cut plastic ahead of the ground’s upcoming 100th Test match by raising awareness of the issue of ocean health and asking cricket fans to […]