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This week the UK Government announced it will increase the single-use plastic bag levy to 10p in a bid to combat plastic pollution, with the charge applying to all stores. However, campaigners have raised concerns that the move doesn’t go far enough as plastic bags for life are being used by shoppers in the same fashion and resulting in more plastic being pushed out by supermarkets.

In other news, a new poll found seventy percent of Britons want plastic lids used on drinks containers banned immediately, with almost nine-in-ten believing they are a significant source of plastic pollution.

Meanwhile, US grocery giant Walmart announced it will cut its use of virgin plastic by 2025, with the retailer expected to announce a reduction target later this year.

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Plastic bag charge to double to 10p in all shops in England

The single-use carrier bag charge will rise from 5p to 10p and be extended to all businesses in England from 21 May. The Government said all stores, including corner shops, will now have to apply the charge from that date. The 5p levy on plastic bags was introduced in England in 2015, and has since seen their use fall by over 95 percent.  However, campaigners say the Government must go further and tackle their replacement, plastic bags for life, which in many cases are being used in the same fashion as the previous single-use carrier bags.

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New poll shows majority of public want plastic lids banned immediately

A new poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of the British public would support the immediate banning of plastic coffee cup lids. More than seven-in-ten (73 percent) agree that single-use plastic lids should be banned in the UK and almost nine-in-ten (87 percent) believe they are a significant source of environmental pollution and litter. The Yonder survey of 2,079 UK adults, commissioned by ButterflyCup, comes following last year’s decision by the UK government to ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds– but not lids.

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Walmart to cut its use of virgin plastic by 2025

US grocery giant Walmart has committed to cutting its use of virgin plastic by 2025. The move comes after the retailer reviewed new data on plastic pollution from As You Sow, a non-profit organisation which promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility. Walmart will disclose the size of a virgin plastic reduction goal later this year.

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Tipa to help reduce plastic waste on film and tv sets

Biodegradable packaging company TIPA has joined forces with compostable packaging supplier Simply Stem to provide compostable garment bags to costume departments on TV and film sets. Simply Stem was set up in 2020 with the purpose of significantly reducing the amount of plastic waste produced on film sets – particularly in terms of the disposable plastic polybags used to store and protect garments. These plastic polybags often end up in landfill or are incinerated once filming finishes. So far, Simply Stem and TIPA have supplied compostable garment bags to productions across the UK aired on the BBC, Netflix and Disney.

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Environment Agency launches World Ocean Day resources for schools

Schools across England will mark World Ocean Day next month (June 8) by exploring the journey of plastic to the ocean with the Environment Agency. Primary and secondary schools have been invited to view a series of online films and activities via an interactive map in advance of a live question and answer session with the Environment Agency and World Wildlife Fund experts on the actual day. By clicking on different points of the map, students can learn how plastic pollution travels through our toilets and drains to rivers and oceans having started life as a balloon, plastic food wrap, litter, clothing and agricultural materials.

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