Our recycling and waste systems are struggling to keep up with the amount of plastic produced - meaning that tonnes of plastic is going to landfill, being shipped abroad, and ending up in our rivers and oceans.
And "problem plastics" - non-recyclable, too expensive to recycle or hazardous to the environment - are some of the worst offenders.
Black plastic trays (like the kind used for ready meals), PVC and styrofoam all fall into this category. Because these materials are difficult to process - either because they’re unrecyclable or recycling them is very expensive - they’re more likely to end up being dumped or burned.
The government can help stop the flow of plastic into our oceans by preventing these hard-to-process plastics from being made in the first place.
Sign the petition and tell the government to ban problem plastics by the end of 2019.