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Conference welcomes:

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

three-year period.

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

materials.

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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