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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 July 2020

Plastic waste ignored

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Plastic waste pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing society. So why the lack of enthusiasm by the government to curb manufacturing practices that generate tonnes of it which leech into the air, waterways, oceans and food?

Many washing machines lack simple filters that can remove microplastics. Consequently, plastic fibres in wastewater end up in water treatment plants and, eventually, reach the seas.

A petition to parliament calling for washing machine filters to be fitted as standard was ignored by the last Tory government with the blunt comment: "The government currently has no plans to require manufacturers to install microplastic filters on new washing machines."

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In The Socialist 1 July 2020:


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A socialist NHS fit for heroes


Workplace news

PCS: Change in leadership needed to secure union's future

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Sunday trading: Government blinks first

Trade unionists stand in solidarity with Maxine Peake

Equity union president elections

Tower Hamlets council strike

MoJ cleaners' covid outbreak


What we think

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News

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Tory full return to school plans gamble with lives

Yes to self-identity: Fight for trans rights

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Leeds City Council in danger of bankruptcy

Capitalism and corruption go hand in hand

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Selling the Socialist

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Lessons from history

75th anniversary of the Attlee Labour government


Readers' opinion

From slavery to Black Lives Matter - racism and capitalist injustice exposed

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