In 2018 the UK government revealed an exciting new plan to tackle packaging waste and up recycling rates significantly. The plan was popular amongst the public, with many eager to see the results of the bold new plan.
The plan included a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging, The Plastic Pact and more efficient household and business collections of waste. It also included a lengthy list of banned single use plastic items.
However, unsurprisingly progress is slow- especially with a global pandemic and a war. This is despite waste minister Jo Churchill citing that “considerable progress” has been made.