Closed petition Ban plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables

France and Spain have recently pledged to ban plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables from January 2022. We want the UK Government to follow suit and reduce unnecessary plastic waste.

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Plastic waste does not biodegrade. It gets into the environment, into the oceans and can cause injury or death to animals. Even if recycled properly, plastic packaging needs to be managed by the local council. Reducing the amount we purchase would reduce this burden and save taxpayers money. Fruit and veg is often transported long distances without plastic and packaged for sale to enhance presentation. It is not needed to protect the fruit.

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