Theresa May urges Commonwealth members to follow the UK’s lead in tackling plastic waste

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Leaders from Commonwealth member countries have gathered in London and Windsor this week for The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.

One of the key areas for focus was how to achieve a more sustainable future, including our ongoing commitment to tackling climate change and protecting
the environment.

At the Summit, Theresa May said plastic waste was “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world”. Mrs May claimed that the UK was a “worldleader” on tackling plastic waste, highlighting the charges that have been introduced for plastic bags, the ban on microbeads and the announcementin March of a consultation on introducing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers in England. She urged Commonwealth leaders to follow the UK’s lead in tackling the problem.

“Alongside our domestic action, this week we are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastics,” she said. “The Common wealth is a unique organisation, with a huge diversity of wildlife, environments and coastlines. Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

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