The Plastics Problem — A UK Policy Perspective

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has spent much of his tenure as head of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) pushing through a raft of new proposals concerning plastics, including the overall ambition to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042.

This push from the Government to boost their credibility on environmental issues is a welcome sign, but to what extent are these policies effectively tackling the issue? This article sets out to explore the policy context surrounding the plastics problem and evaluate the efficacy of the UK Government’s response.


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