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This week the Government launched two consultations as it looks to dramatically overhaul the waste and resources sector. The consultations focus on Extended Producer Responsibility and the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers in 2024.

Meanwhile #BreakFreeFromPlastic named the top plastic polluters in the Philippines in 2020, with Nestle, Colgate and Robina taking the top three spots. As a result, members of the movement are calling on the Philippine government to introduce a nationwide single-use plastics ban.

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Government launches consultations in bid to tackle UK waste

The Government this week launched two consultations in a bid to create the largest ever overhaul to the waste and resources sector. The first consultation focuses on Extended Producer Responsibility, which adds the environmental costs associated with a product (i.e. packaging) to the price of that product.   The paper has been criticised for failing to recognise the role of properly managed compostable materials, as part of the mix especially for packaging contaminated by food waste.  The second consultation covers the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers in 2024.

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Nestle, Colgate, and Robina named top polluters in Philippines in 2020

Nestle, Colgate, and Robina were the biggest plastic polluters in the Philippines in 2020, according to a report from #BreakFreeFromPlastic. The three corporations’ packaging waste accounts for 46 percent of the total 38,580 plastic items collected – 6,350 for Universal Robina Corporation, 6,168 for Nestle, and 5,580 for Colgate-Palmolive.  In light of the findings, members of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement urged the government to impose a nationwide ban on single-use plastics to mandate corporations to end their dependence on them.

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Majority of Scots want a single-use plastics ban, new survey finds

More than 90 percent of Scots support a ban on the most problematic single-use plastic items, a Scottish Government consultation has found. More than 2600 people responded to the public consultation on new proposals, which would see a ban on items such as single-use plastic cutlery, plates, balloon sticks, and straws. Some 94 percent of individuals who responded were in favour of a ban on all the specified single-use plastic items, while 91 percent of organisations were in favour of a ban on plastic balloon sticks, and for food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene.

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US Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act receives national support

The US Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act received national support from activists and organisations as it was introduced in Congress this week. Campaigners welcomed the introduction of the Act by projecting anti-plastic messages on landmarks in seven major US cities. The comprehensive legislation to address plastic pollution was also endorsed on Sunday by HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,’ which did a 22-minute segment on the plastic crisis.

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Waitrose to eliminate children’s magazines offering disposable plastic toys

Waitrose will remove children’s magazines with disposable toys as giveaways as part of its efforts to reduce the use of single-use plastics. The retailer was inspired to act after hearing about a campaign by a 10-year-old girl from Gwynedd to persuade publishers to end the practice. Waitrose will remove these magazines from its stores over the next eight weeks and plans to contact publishers to ask them to replace plastic toys with more sustainable alternatives. 

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