Plastic waste tax ‘supported’ by the public

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There is high public support for the use of the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics, the Treasury says.

A consultation on how the tax could tackle the growing problem and to promote recycling attracted 162,000 answers.

The Minister of the treasury, Robert Jenrick said the government was looking at “smart, intelligent incentives” to get plastic manufacturers to take responsibility.

The reports suggest a pickup producers and some of the plastic disposable products can be introduced in the Budget.

This may include measures such as a tax on single use cups of coffee.
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Responding to the consultation, the Treasury said it wanted to promote greater use of recycled plastic in the production, discourage the plastics that are difficult to recycle carbon black of the plastic and reduce the demand for single-use items, including coffee cups and takeaway boxes.

Mr Jenrick said: “I was overwhelmed by the public support and the responses we have received will be invaluable as we develop our plans for the use of the tax system to combat this.

“Our duty to leave the environment in a better state than we found it is not absolutely clear, what we have established today is another important step to ensure a solution for a greener future for Britain.”

In the month of January, MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee called for the so-called milk tax on disposable cups, after the Environmental Audit Committee has revealed that approximately 2.5 billion are thrown away every year.

Committee chairwomen Mary Creagh, said: “Almost none is recycled, and half a million per day are many. Cup of coffee of the producers and distributors have not taken action to remedy this and the government is sitting on its hands.”

But the ministers then asked the benefit of charging consumers for the use of cups, and disposable.

It was also recently revealed that most of the plastic food containers in the stores can be recycled.

Friends of the Earth welcomed by the audience reaction, saying that “highlights the strong demand for more stringent measures to combat the scourge of plastic pollution”.

Activist Emma Priestland said: “Ministers now have a huge mandate to use all the tools at their disposal, including taxes and regulations to force retailers and manufacturers to stem the tide of pollution of plastic flowing into our rivers and seas.”

Hugo Tagholm, the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, said: “This is a clear indication of the public appetite for more fiscal measures to reduce plastic pollution to pollute our environment, from inner-city streets and campaign for our oceans.”