12th January 2018
The Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) has backed a government plan to improve the environment, but thinks more needs to be done.
Theresa May has vowed to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a 25-year plan.
An extension of the 5p carrier bag charge will now reach all retailers.
While the CWT has welcomed the intention but wants action.
“It’s fantastic to see the Government recognising how important environmental issues are to people, and the plan makes a good start in shaping the issues that need attention,” said Martin Varley, Director of Conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
“But we are concerned about its lack of legal underpinning and mechanisms for putting these ambitions into practice.”
Mr. Varley continued: “Of course it goes without saying that a reduction in the amount of plastic we use as a society, which often escapes into the environment causing further harm, is excellent and we look forward to these measures being put in place.”
“There must now be an ambitious Environment Act in the next Queen’s Speech, so that this plan becomes more than words and instead becomes direct action.”