BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020

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The BBC has announced that it will be banning single-use plastics by 2020 following the Blue Planet II episode that showed the extent that plastics pollution has on marine life.   

According to the BBC, throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be eliminated by the end of this year, plastic containers will be banned by 2019, and by 2020 it aims to be free of single-use plastic across all of its sites. 

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Two million plastic cups are currently used by BBC visitors and staff each year, the broadcaster said. 

The BBC said that some of its kitchens had already begun replacing plastic cups with glasses, and a trial will be launched at its site in Salford later this month to remove plastic containers from canteens. 

BBC director general Tony Hall said: “Like millions of people watching Blue Planet II, I was shocked to see the avoidable waste and harm created by single-use plastic. We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether.” 

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