UK will 'lead' on global single-use plastic crisis with new 2050 initiative

Jul 22, 2019 ·


New forms of packaging and plastic made from plants and food waste could be on the horizon according to the government.

Businesses are expected to jointly invest up to £149m, alongside a £60m government investment, aiming to eventually cease single-use plastic in the UK.

The scheme is part of the government’s Clean Growth Challenge, part of the Industrial Strategy. It follows the UK becoming the first economy to legislate its ‘end to contribution of global warming’ by 2050.

Funding could be used to find ways of cutting waste in the supply chain, developing new business models and creating new sustainable, recyclable materials.

Business secretary, Greg Clark, said: "We have all seen the enormous damage being caused by single-use plastics across the world.

"The race is on to develop new effective and practical solutions to end the scourge of single-use plastics, helping protect our planet for future generations.

"We have put a record level of research and development investment at the heart of our Industrial Strategy - investing to support our best minds and businesses in developing the solutions and industries of tomorrow."

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