Britain disposes of enough single-use plastic waste in a year to fill the Albert Hall 1,000 times, the Prime Minister said in a speech this week. It was an eye-catching statement, delivered alongside a grandiose plan that has been immediately criticised for being heavy on rhetoric but conspicuously light on everything else.
Crucially, the central commitment to eradicate plastic waste was given a generous 25-year timeframe that lies well-beyond Theresa May’s political shelf-life. It also came with an enormous caveat – only “avoidable” plastic waste is covered.
But what exactly does avoidable mean in this context? The plan says little on