In a bid to reduce ‘throwaway culture’, Theresa May is set to announce plans to extend the 5p plastic bag charge to all shops. She is also considering plans to charge 25p for throwaway plastic coffee cups.
The Prime Minister will make a speech on Thursday, addressing the UK’s problem with waste and the effects it has on the environment.
May will set out a 25-year plan to help protect the environment, with the Prime Minister expected to close the exemption that means retailers with fewer than 250 employees do not need to charge customers for single-use plastic bags.
According to her official spokesman, the PM said the Government had a clear belief in “conserving what is good, and standing against the profligate use of resources – whether it be public money or natural resources”.
Michael Gove was recently seen entering Downing Street with a reusable bamboo coffee cup after facing criticism over using a plastic disposable cup.
Since the inclusion of the 5p plastic bag charge, the number of consumers using their own reusable bags has soared, while leading supermarket Tesco, scrapped all single-use bags in stores.