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Plastics plan falls short while recycling rates slump

Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, commenting on the government’s plastics announcement, said “It is disappointing that this announcement falls short of EU proposals announced earlier this week, especially when we have had warm words from government that British environmental standards will not lag behind after Brexit. Despite the headlines, it appears that plastic drinks stirrers are the only item that will be totally banned from sale.

“Meanwhile, recycling rates have slumped and the UK continues to export large amounts of recyclable materials to countries that have little or no waste infrastructure – which is how a lot of plastic ends up in our oceans.

“Labour is calling for a truly comprehensive waste and recycling strategy that tackles our lack of domestic infrastructure to deal with what we throw away as well as further action to reduce waste at source and improve levels of recycling.”