I. The UN pledge made by nearly 200 countries, including the
United Kingdom, to eliminate plastic from the sea.
II. The European Commission's proposed ban on the most common
single-use plastic items, along with other measures to reduce the
amount of plastic waste reaching the oceans.
III. The voluntary pledge by supermarkets to cut plastic packaging.
IV. The decision by supermarkets, retailers, restaurants and pubs to
end the use of plastic straws.
Conference deplores the failure of the Government to respond
adequately to the seriousness and urgency of this issue and
therefore calls for legislation to be introduced:
A. Banning non-recyclable single-use plastics with affordable
alternatives; with a target for their complete elimination within a
B. Requiring all retailers and other organisations to reduce the
amount of plastic and non-recyclable packaging they use, with
immediate action to eliminate hard-to-recycle items such as
black plastic and a three-year target to make all plastic packaging
either unnecessary, re-usable or recyclable.
C. Setting targets for large public organisations, such as the NHS, to
reduce their use of plastic and find alternatives.
D. Implementing a deposit system on all food and drink bottles and
containers whether they are made from glass, plastic or other
E. Requiring all retailers and businesses that produce plastics or
use them for their products to pay a levy to contribute towards
the cost of necessary recycling services and for larger retailers to
be subject to a right of return for waste packaging.
F. Working in partnership with local authorities to:
i) Produce an action plan to deliver the target leading to the
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