Environmental Policy

DEFRA: Consultation on the proposal to extend the Single-use Plastic bag charge to all retailers and to increase the minimum charge to 10p

The purpose of this consultation is to find out what you think about plans to extend the Single-use Carrier Bag Charge to all retailers. The Government also want to know what you think about increasing the minimum charge to 10p.

These changes will build on the success of the existing Single Use Carrier Bags charge in reducing the effect of plastic bags in the environment.

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Scottish Government - A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the options for elements of a deposit return scheme on beverage containers. In 2017, the Scottish Government confirmed in their Programme for Government that they would introduce a deposit return scheme in Scotland.

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Defra – Draft Clean Air Strategy 2018

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has opened a consultation seeking views on a new Clean Air Strategy, and on actions to improve air quality by reducing pollution from a wide range of sources, including tackling wood burning, air pollution from scented cleaning products and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles

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Environmental Audit Committee: 25-Year Environment Plan

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan which was published last month. The Committee will scrutinise the Plan’s objectives and proposals. As part of the inquiry, the Committee has launched a call for written evidence.

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Defra: Drinks containers – reducing litter and increasing recycling

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has opened a consultation on ways to reduce litter and increase recycling / reuse of drinks containers, including deposit and reward and return schemes to inform the work of the Voluntary and Economic Incentives Working Group who are currently considering the feasibility of a deposit return scheme in England.

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London Assembly: Draft Environment Strategy

The Mayor of London's Office has opened a consultation on the draft London environment strategy. The strategy considers action in areas including: air quality, green infrastructure, climate change mitigation and energy, waste, adapting to climate change, and ambient noise.

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