England is attempting to make the environment plastic-free by taking several measures. The country has set a target to eradicate dependency on use-and-throw plastics by the Year 2022, through encouraging children of multiple schools.
Damian Hinds—the education secretary—has advised teachers to opt for some better alternatives against non-recyclable plastic items used in food packaging, school bags formation, bottles, and other products.
He also recommended teachers to elaborate students about all sort of damages the discarded non-recyclable plastics could cause to the wildlife and environment.
At the same time, Michael Gove— the environment secretary—is also taking a step forward towards environment safety by revealing its plan of doubling the cost of plastic carrier bags to be implemented at the broader spectrum. The transformation, which could be seen in the environment at the beginning of the Year 2020, will be the result of all the efforts the government has been making.
Hinds mentioned a primary school situated in Devon that became the first school recognized as a plastic-free school in the country, declared by an environmental conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage. He said that schools were capable of targeting and strongly pressurizing suppliers and could play a key role in transforming the environment to a better state.
Georgeham primary school has been meeting some of its targets and achieved plastic-free status. The school has successfully eliminated three single-use plastic items within its premises by opting alternatives, which includes a ban on plastic cartons used in delivering milk and plastic straws wrapped in plastic wrappers. As an alternative for banned plastic; the milk is delivered in recyclable containers and the students drink it from the reusable beakers.
The government has been focusing to eradicate plastic pollution by the Year 2042, under its 25-year environmental plan. During the financial planning, the Treasury declared planning to impose an additional tax on plastic-packaging, which would comprise recycled product less than 30%.
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