Queen Elizabeth II is Working to Reduce Waste at Buckingham Palace

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Royal caterers will instead use china plates and glasses or recyclable paper cups.

Packaging for takeaway food must now be compostable or biodegradable, and cardboard boxes used to shift materials between sites will be re-used many times to avoid waste.

The Queen is thought to have taken a personal interest in plastic since working on a documentary about wildlife conservation with Sir David Attenborough.

The announcement comes days ahead of the premiere of Mr Attenborough's Blue Planet II nature documentary on Australian television on Saturday, in which the naturalist showcases stunning marine life and makes an argument against the use of plastic based on the effects it has on the world's underwater ecosystems. "At all levels, there's a strong desire to tackle this issue".

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"It's making a real difference", May said of the bag fee.

Prince Charles has previously been an outspoken campaigner on plastic waste. "The fact that a recent study estimates that by 2025 there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish in the sea is not what I call encouraging".

And, it looks like the Queen was similarly inspired by the ground-breaking show, having taken steps to ensure that Buckingham Palace will reduce it's plastic waste. Charles and Dame Ellen MacArthur teamed up to offer a million-dollar cash prize to anyone with a great idea for keeping garbage out of the ocean. The process will replace electrical cabling and heating systems, making the palace far greener-some of these current systems date back to WWII.

Europeans produce an average of 25 million tons of plastic waste each year, less than 30 percent of which is recycled. There are plans to install solar panels and compost systems. Pretty rare that the Royal family is appearing more progressive than Parliament.

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