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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. 

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 9 September 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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10 May 2022
Inquiry Plastic waste
Witnesses Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Environment Agency
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
22 March 2022
Inquiry Plastic waste
Witnesses Forum on Trade, Environmental Sustainability, and Ernst & Young LLP
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
22 March 2022
Inquiry Plastic waste
Witnesses Greenpeace UK, Viridor, and Environmental Services Association
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
PW0065 - Plastic waste
Witnesses Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PW0064 - Plastic waste
Witnesses REA
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PW0063 - Plastic waste
Witnesses ReNew ELP
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

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