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Launching the United Kingdom government's 25 Year Environment Plan in a speech today (11 January), Prime Minister Theresa May said plastic waste "truly is one of the great environmental scourges of our time".

She highlighted the fact that the carrier bag charge brought in in 2015 had the "direct conseqence that we have used nine billion fewer of them since the charge".

The plan, drawn up by Michael Gove's environment department, seeks to utilise collaborative initiatives to assist the United Kingdom in overcoming the issue of waste.

The organisation also questioned why such a 25-year timescale was necessary for eliminating "avoidable" plastic waste.

"This plastic is ingested by dozens of species of marine mammals and over 100 species of sea birds, causing vast suffering to individual creatures and degrading vital habitats", she will say in a speech on Thursday.

Reacting to the speech Deborah Tomkins, also from Green Christian, said: "It's a good start in the right direction, I think we can all agree with that..."

'Today I can confirm that the United Kingdom will demonstrate global leadership.

She said the United Kingdom hoped to become a world leader in environmental protection and would use its overseas aid spend to help developing nations combat plastic waste.

According to reports, the plan, which was due to be published last Summer but was delayed due to the general election, will see supermarkets urged to create "plastic-free" aisles where shoppers can purchase plastic packaging-free items.

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Theresa May has set out plans to get rid of avoidable plastic waste within 25 years - as she also confirmed the 5p bag charge will be extended to all shops.

Louise Edge, senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said the measures "don't match the scale of the environmental crisis we face".

Commenting on the announcement, Pippa Tyrell of local environmental group Transition Wilmslow, says: "What most seem to forget is that people are not paying the 5p plastic bag charge; plastic bag use has dropped by 85%".

The UK has pledged to provide "global leadership" in environmental protection with commitment to help developing nations tackle pollution and reduce plastic waste through foreign aid.

Downing Street said it would examine how the tax system or charges could encourage industry to take more responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products, with a consultation on reducing the volume of single-use plastics starting next month.

A separate proposal to introduce plastic bottle deposit return schemes in supermarkets is not ready to be announced yet.

The only immediate new policy, however, was to extend a 5 pence charge for plastic bags to smaller shops in England, added the article.

The Environment Secretary, urged to tackle the 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups the United Kingdom bins a year, matched the colour to his green tie.

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