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Conservatives' 25-year green plan: main points at a glance

Moves to cut plastic, create a new environmental watchdog and boost wildlife habitats are among the new measures

Plastic and other litter lines the shore of the Thames Estuary in Cliffe, Kent. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Published on The Guardian website on the 11th January 2018


Closing the plastic bag charge loophole

One of the most heavily trailed announcements is the end of an exemption for small shops from England’s 5p plastic bag charge. The loophole was an anomaly compared with similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was also imposed against the wishes of corner shop owners at the time, with three small business trade associations opposing being exempted on the grounds it would be confusing for customers. “Its abolition is long overdue,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the environmental audit committee of MPs. The change will affect 3.4bn bags handed out at about 200,000 stores each year.

Encouraging plastic-free supermarket aisles

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