First-ever ‘low plastic zone’ launches in London

Three-quarters of businesses in the Cowcross Street area of Islington have permanently reduced the amount of single-use plastic they use and offer to customers

Accor Hotels to check out single-use plastic items by end of 2022

More than 200 million single-use plastic items are currently used each year at the firm’s hotels

Hubbub pledges £300k for new coffee cup recycling facilities in London

The launch of the new facilities is being promoted with an immersive art installation outside the Tate Modern, which has been made using 5,555 cups – representing the number of cups used every minute in the UK

Australian startup RETURNR launches deposit scheme for clean takeaway containers

The sustainable scheme replaces single-use takeaway containers with reusable plates and bowls

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Scotland plans to introduce charge for single-use cups

The amount has yet to be confirmed, however, environmental advisers previously suggested a charge of between 20p and 25p

Single-use plastics: Government consults on standards for greener alternatives

It aims to identify gaps and get expert advice on the overall sustainability of bio-based and biodegradable plastic products

Plant-based plastics sprout up with £60m government investment

Along with an expected £149 million investment from the private sector, this money will be used to slash single-use plastic pollution

Nottingham Council pledges to become plastic-free by 2023

The city council plans to reduce the use of plastics at events such as the annual Goose Fair

Bali puts single-use plastic on a permanent gap year with wide-ranging ban

The move aims to stop items such as plastic bottles, carrier bags, coffee cups and polystyrene packaging ending up in the ocean

New York’s ban on polystyrene comes into effect

Businesses in the city are being encouraged to switch to more environmentally-friendly materials, such as recycled paper and cardboard