Debate on the Government’s 25-year plan for the Environment, House of Lords, 29 January 2018

We support the Government’s ambition to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. Producers must do more to ensure that packaging is easily recyclable. This would make waste disposal easier for our residents, and save considerable amounts of money, whilst protecting our environment.


Key messages

  • On 11 January 2018 the Government launched its 25-year plan for the environment. It aims to deliver cleaner air and water in our cities and rural landscapes, protect threatened species and provide richer wildlife habitats. There are several elements of the plan which are due to be implemented at a local level.
  • The Government’s plan contains measures on several issues which will affect local authorities, including on minimising waste, flooding and air quality. Councils are working with the Government to improve environmental performance in these areas. 
  • We support the Government’s ambition to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. Producers must do more to ensure that packaging is easily recyclable. This would make waste disposal easier for our residents, and save considerable amounts of money, whilst protecting our environment. 
  • Recycling food waste is a key priority. We support the Government’s intention to ensure there is no food waste entering landfill by 2030. Many councils have introduced separate collections of food waste, and will work to expand these services. In order for councils to do so, the Government must ensure that recycling and collection services are fully resourced. 
  • With increasing flood risk, local authorities have a significant role to play in preventing damage before it happens. We look forward to supporting the Government’s measures to bring together different agencies at a local level to achieve this. In order to effectively implement measures to prevent flooding, the Government must devolve funding to councils, who know how best to meet local needs.  
  • Providing clean air is the responsibility of central government. Councils have a role to play in helping the Government to deliver this responsibility. The Government’s air quality plans can be successful but they need local leadership, sufficient funding and to be accompanied by robust national action.  

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Debate on the Government’s 25-year plan for the Environment, House of Lords, 29 January 2018