Discarded Reading Festival tents ‘could take 10,000 years to decompose’

Festival-goers leave the festival and tonnes of plastic waste destined for landfill – including tents, used underwear and condoms

Single-use plastic plates to be banned in England

A new public consultation is set to be launched to seek views on a ban on single-use plastic plates, cutlery and cups

Plastics – an eight-legged solution

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a ‘vegan spider silk’ that could provide a clean alternative to single-use plastics

US invests $14.5m to combat plastic waste and pollution

The funding will be used for research and development to cut waste and reduce the energy used to produce and recycle single-use plastics such as plastic bags, wraps and films

Ban on single-use plastics starts in Mexico City

The city’s government passed the ban on disposable plastic items in 2019 but it has just come into force

Scottish Government consults on banning single-use plastic items

They include plastic plates, straws, cutlery, polystyrene food and drink containers and plastic balloon sticks

Wales seeks views on plans to reduce single-use plastics

The consultation is open until 22nd October 2020

Germany to ban single-use plastics from July 2021

The sale of disposable products such as plastic plates, straws, stirring sticks, cotton buds and plastic balloon sticks will soon be prohibited

Calls for single-use plastics directive postponement due to Covid-19 crisis

Single-use plastics are vital for safety and hygiene in current pandemic

Love Essex campaign urges people to sign up to plastics reduction pledge

The ‘Love Essex Not Plastic’ campaign aims to highlight the issue of single-use plastics and urge households to switch to reusable options and recycle more