On January 11, 2018, the UK’s prime minister Theresa May has vowed to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste in the country by 2042. As reported by Business Insider and various other news outlets, the five-pence plastic bag charge will be extended to all retailers and smaller shops in the country. Further, supermarkets will be urged to create plastic-free aisles where all food is sold loose. Taxes and charges on single-use plastic items such as takeaway containers will be considered as an additional measure to reduce plastic waste. The government will also grant funding for plastics innovation and commit to helping developing nations deal with plastic pollution and reduce plastic waste.

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