How the UK is thinking about plastics in market downturn

Read the full story in WasteDive.

The issue of single-use plastics continues to dominate political and corporate agendas across the UK. The past 12 months have seen a plethora of regulatory proposals and brand commitments to ban, tax or phase out totemic items such as straws, cotton buds and coffee cups. Wider agreements such as the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance and G7 Ocean Plastics Charter are also gaining momentum.

These efforts are being promoted as viable solutions to tackle marine litter and more specifically, ocean plastics. But some UK waste experts have questioned this and suggested there are far bigger issues at play — one being the weak regulations on exported plastic scrap.

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