Daily Mail - 01.08.2019

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FANTASTIC! SHOPPERS HAVE


RISEN TO MAIL’S CHALLENGE


‘toxic relationship’ with plastic. Theresa
Villiers says: ‘Our comprehensive action
to slash plastic waste and leave our
environment in a better state contin-
ues to deliver results, with our 5p
charge reducing plastic bag sales by 90
per cent in the big supermarkets.
‘No one wants to see the devastating
impact plastic waste is having on our
precious wildlife. Today’s figures are a
powerful demonstration that we are
collectively calling time on being a
throwaway society.
‘Every Daily Mail reader who has led
the way by using and reusing a bag for
life, or other sustainable alternative,
can be confident that they have con-
tributed to a cleaner, greener, health-
ier environment.
‘The British public has risen to the
challenge put to them by the Daily
Mail’s long-standing Banish the Bags
campaign.’
The 549million figure – an annual
fall of 45 per cent – relates to last year
and covers stores in England owned
by Asda, Marks & Spencer, Morri-
sons, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op, Tesco
and Waitrose.
Taking in all supermarkets with more
than 250 employees, bag sales fell 37
per cent in 2018/19 to 1.11billion.
The Mail’s call for a levy was resisted

Continued from Page One

front page


that changed


your


world


OUR addiction to plastic bags has been broken thanksBy fthDilMil’B ihthBJason Groves andDaniel Martin

Before the Mail’s campaign
triumph, each of us used 140
plastic bags a year. Now it’s 19

y,see pages 12-

From the Mail: July 2018

Bring own container


and get 25p off at M&S


SHOPPERS will be given a
25p discount on fresh
takeaway food at Marks &
Spencer if they bring their
own containers.
The deal covers lunch meals
at ‘Market Place’ outlets in 23
stores around the country.
The chain already offers a 25p
discount to customers bring-
ing reusable cups for coffee.
Paul Willgoss of M&S said:
‘Our priority is to reduce sin-
gle-use packaging and ensure
any we do use can be reused or
recycled, as we work towards
our 2022 target for all our pack-

aging to be widely recyclable.
Food-to-go is a growing mar-
ket, so finding solutions in this
space is an important part of
our wider plan.’
Waitrose launched a trial in
June in Oxford that involved
taking more than 200 products
out of their packaging and sell-
ing them loose to shoppers
who bring containers.
The company is extending
the Unpacked scheme follow-
ing an ‘overwhelmingly posi-
tive response’. The refillable
zones have pasta, coffee and
other products on sale.

CAMPAIGN


PLASTIC


TURN THE


TIDE ON


by the Treasury amid claims it would
be unpopular with consumers and
retailers. But it was finally introduced
in October 2015 by George Osborne.
The charge on plastic bags is not the
only measure to stop the tide of plastic
pollution that this newspaper has
championed.
Others include a world-leading ban
on microbeads, a deposit return
scheme on bottles and cans to come
into force by 2023, and a ban on the
supply of plastic straws, stirrers and
cotton buds in April 2020. The Gov-

climate change,’ he told
Channel 4 News. ‘Because of
the climate change risk,
because of the speed of
adjustment, we are going to
stress test the UK financial
system to see how ready it is
for climate change.’
Mr Carney said the Bank’s
job was ‘to make sure the
financial system can be there
and provide the funds for
whatever path the country
chooses to take’.
He added: ‘The country is
moving to net zero carbon
by 050. That is a legislative
objective and that is going to
require some pretty major
changes. Companies that
don’t adapt, including com-
panies in the financial sys-
tem, will go bankrupt with-
out question.’

COMPANIES that fail to pre-
pare for climate change will
go bankrupt, according to
the governor of the Bank of
England.
Mark Carney also said the
Bank had been asked by the
Government to assess how
well prepared the economy
was for global warming.
‘The Government has said
to us one of your responsi-
bilities when you look at the
stability of the financial sys-
tem is to look at the risk from

Carney: Climate change


will make firms go bust


ernment is also planning to tax
plastic packaging that is not
at least 30 per cent from recy-
cled content.
Maddy Haughton-Boakes, of
the Campaign to Protect Rural
England, said: ‘The continued
reduction in plastic bag use in
our supermarkets is yet more
evidence of the huge impact
that a small financial incentive
can have.
‘Theresa Villiers must now
build on this success by rolling

it out to all small shops, as well
as larger retailers and
supermarkets.
‘There is also absolutely no
reason why the charge
shouldn’t be applied to all
bags, paper as well as plastic,
to bring an end to the use of
these single-use items
altogether.
‘Another small financial
incentive the Government
must hurry up and introduce

is a deposit return system for
every single drinks can, bottle
carton and pouch of all shapes,
sizes and materials.
‘By placing a small deposit on
all drinks containers, we will
boost recycling rates to over 90
per cent, create a circular econ-
omy for the tens of billions con-
sumed each year, and bring an
end to the environmental dam-
age they cause.’
Comment – Page 18

By Theresa


Villiers


SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

BREAKING up is hard to do, even when
you know the relationship is toxic.
So congratulations to shoppers and
supermarkets in England for moving on
from the flimsy plastic carrier bag and
finding a better way to get their gro-
ceries home.
Today, one week into my new role as
Environment Secretary, I’m delighted
to say that plastic bag sales have
dropped by more than 90 per cent in
the main supermarkets since 015.
Such a steep reduction tells a clear
story: of society’s growing concern
about the damage caused by plastic lit-
ter to the environment and vulnerable
species, and our growing determina-
tion to do what we can to help.
The new figures reveal the positive,
long-term impact of the 5p charge.
The average person in England now
buys ten bags a year from the big seven
supermarkets, down from 140 bags in
pre-charge days.
Every Daily Mail reader who has led
the way by using and reusing a bag for
life, or other sustainable alternative,
can be confident that they have contrib-
uted to a cleaner, greener, healthier
environment. The British public have
risen to the challenge put to them by
the Daily Mail’s longstanding Turn The
Tide On Plastic campaign.
Those who have paid for a 5p bag,
meanwhile, can take comfort from
knowing that retailers have donated
£169million to good causes from the pro-
ceeds of the scheme to date. Yet there is
still much more we can all do – govern-
ment included – to spare our natural
environment from further harm.
In the UK we use an estimated five mil-
lion tons of plastic each year, nearly half
of which is packaging. There is no mis-

taking the strength of feeling about the
need to tackle pollution from plastics
that can take hundreds of years to
decompose.
This is felt in every area and in every
age group; but my campaigning work
on this issue in my constituency in Bar-
net makes me especially aware of the
deep concern about this felt by children
and young people. I agree we need to
go further. So I am looking at ways to
extend the scope of the bag charge,
and at other measures to reduce the
amount of plastic waste entering the
environment in the first place.
I am determined as the new secretary
of state that we will make real and
measurable progress in delivering our
ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic
waste within 5 years.
For example, we want producers to
pay for the entire cost of dealing with
the plastic packaging waste they cre-
ate, up from 10 per cent now, to encour-
age the use of alternative products that
are less damaging.
The plummeting rates of plastic bag
use confirmed today illustrate that
making small changes to daily habits
can help us reset our relationship with
the natural world.
The plastic bag charge is testament to
the power we have to make a lasting
difference when we work together on
behalf of the planet.

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