Speaking about the plastic bag levy, Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, added: "Single-use plastics are devastating our natural environment, whether they are beads, bags or bottles".
The issue is set to be further complication by the recent decision to ban the importation of solid waste including plastic by China, where the vast majority of Ireland's plastic waste now ends up.
Britain's natural assets were not only sources of food, but also a support for hundreds of thousands of jobs and are "good for our physical and mental health and our emotional and spiritual well-being", she said.
She suggested fruit, vegetables and other fresh foods should be sold loose instead of in plastic packaging and said the United Kingdom government will work with supermarkets to encourage them to introduce plastic-free aisles in which all food is loose.
Working with industry to rationalise packaging formats to ensure ease of recycling plastics, thus improving the quality of collected recycled plastics is a favourable suggestion within the plan.
May's former director of communications, Katie Perrior, wrote in The Times that the prime minister's enthusiasm for the environment "may not be insincere but it is certainly new".
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David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery United Kingdom, explained that the plan places the environment at the heart of government strategy before adding that he feels it recognises the importance of sustainable growth to the United Kingdom economy post-Brexit.
However, the organisation warned that the government needs to develop a strategy to help retailers shift to a circular economy.
"In years to come, I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly". "There is immediate work to be done in the short term and if the government genuinely want to achieve this desire to be global leaders in this field, we hope this is addressed sooner". Retailers with fewer than 250 employees are now exempted from the charge.
She called on the Government to introduce a range of policy measures such as a deposit-return scheme to reduce this "stubborn widespread litter load" before it reaches our marine environment.
Jo Salter, founder of social enterprise WhereDoesItComeFrom, adds: "Plastic waste in the United Kingdom has reached crisis point so it's really good news that the 5p charge on plastic bags is being extended".
"Encouraging more water fountains, extending charges on plastic bags and funding for innovation can all be part of the solution, but the overall plastics plan lacks urgency, detail and bite".
"But it makes no solid commitments to new law and it lacks any detail about how we will enforce environment laws once we leave the European Union".