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Plastic waste

Inquiry

Despite growing awareness of the effects of plastic pollution, a large proportion of plastic waste is still not recycled, and the UK currently exports large quantities of plastic packaging overseas, where it may end up being managed unsustainably. 

The UK Government has set a target of eliminating all 'avoidable' plastic waste by 2042, with a shorter-term ambition to “work towards” only recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging being placed on the market by 2025. Measures they have announced include a plastic packaging tax, a deposit return scheme, and banning some single-use plastics, like straws.   

This inquiry scrutinises the level of the Government’s ambition, whether current measures on plastic waste go far enough, and how alternatives to plastic consumption can be identified and supported. 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 9 September 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

No oral evidence transcripts published.

PW0001 - Plastic waste
Witnesses Mr Peter Calliafas (Advisory at Independent)
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PW0012 - Plastic waste
Witnesses United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PW0013 - Plastic waste
Witnesses AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

No other publications published.

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  • Email: efracom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7219 1119 / (Media Enquiries) 020 7219 3279
  • Address: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA