Theresa May has laid out a 25-year plan for reducing waste and tackling climate change.
Other industry bodies have also called for more to be done, despite welcoming the Plan.
Further proposals to standardise recycling practices across the United Kingdom and encourage manufacturers and retailers to streamline the number of different plastics they use are also expected.
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Environment secretary Michael Gove comments: "Respecting nature's intrinsic value and making sure we are wise stewards of our natural world is critical if we are to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it". Today I can confirm that the United Kingdom will demonstrate global leadership.
The Government's overarching plan to achieve zero avoidable waste by 2050 and double resource productivity by 2042 will be facilitated by a new national Resources and Waste strategy.
Vanden Recycling welcome proposals that include local markets returning high quality materials back to the economy, as well as stimulating internal United Kingdom markets for recycled products, but also recognising the importance of strong secondary material export markets.
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. "To tackle it we will take action at every stage of the production and consumption of plastic".
The speech comes as The Guardian reported this week that the government's Brexit Withdrawal Bill may have breached the global Aarhus convention, which requires public consultation on new environmental legislation.
Mr Gove is also understood to be considering proposals to encourage retailers to use fewer types of plastic and to persuade councils to adopt a standardised recycling policy. "Without more funding, councils will struggle to deliver any new aspirations that the Government have". But having a vision will not suffice.
"We will also use the UK's worldwide influence to drive positive change around the world". For this reason, we will continue to put pressure on the complete recycling supply chain to look for new solutions and do things differently.
"But what are we going to do in the short term to make that happen?"
The plan will be unveiled on Thursday and Whitehall sources confirmed that a consultation on extending the plastic bag charge will form part of it in the coming weeks.
Under current rules the charge applies exclusively to larger stores with more than 250 workers, so it's been seen primarily as a supermarket bag tax.
A government spokesperson said that while they could not comment on any proceedings "we believe we have complied with all of the relevant obligations in developing this crucial legislation and remain committed to maintaining the highest environmental standards".
To reach this goal, the government will extend the 5p carrier bag charge to all retailers in England.
She also said that the government will work with supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles, where produce is sold loose or wrapped in recyclable or biodegradable materials.
Policies proposed included eliminating all avoidable plastic waste, creating 500,000 hectares of new habitat for endangered species and providing £5.7m for a new Northern Forest. He added: "There was much to welcome".
The Conservatives pledged to come up with the 25-year plan in 2015, and it is now.