Recycling and reducing waste

I agree with you that we need to do all we can to encourage people to recycle and use resources efficiently. Dealing with waste and pollution costs businesses and householders millions of pounds each year and causes significant environmental and wildlife damage.
 
We need to stop producing so much waste in the first place. We can do this by being more 'resource efficient', which not only eases pressure on the environment and our stocks of natural resource but reduces costs too, boosting productivity. Where waste is produced, wherever possible we must ensure it is recycled. 
 
The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out the government's ambition to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than in which we found it. To help realise this plan, an ambitious new Resources and Waste Strategy has been published. The strategy will overhaul England's waste system, putting a legal onus on those responsible for producing damaging waste to take far greater responsibility for the products they place on the market than is currently the case.
 
Producers will also be expected to take more responsibility for items that can be harder or costly to recycle including electrical goods and batteries. Householders will also see the existing complicated recycling system simplified, with new plans for a consistent approach to recycling across England.
 
Finally, I am encouraged that 15.6 billion fewer bags have been handed out to shoppers by the seven main retailers since the introduction of the plastic bag charge in 2015. Currently there is an exemption from the charge for small and medium-sized businesses, however a consultation closed in February which looked at extending the charge to all retailers to help fight the global scourge of plastic pollution.