Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled plans for the UK to fight climate change and reduce plastic waste.
For the 25-year plan to be successful, the Prime Minister will provide £7 billion of funding for the development of new plastic recycling techniques and materials by the year 2042.
During her speech, Mrs May encouraged supermarkets to introduce a plastic-free isle concept, along with extending the current 5p plastic bag charge law for larger shops, to all retailers.
As part of the plans, the government is said to be leading by example by removing all single-use plastics from its offices.
The UK’s current reliance on single-use plastics means that each year 1,000 Albert Halls could be filled each year.
Mrs May’s claim is that 1 million birds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed annually as a result of much of these plastics entering the oceans.
The Prime Minister stated: “Our plan is for a healthy and natural environment that we can all enjoy and which we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.”
“We will use the opportunity Brexit provides to strengthen and enhance our environmental protections – not to weaken them.”