Popularity of taxes to tackle plastic waste recognised

Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick has recognised high public support for using the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics.

162,000 people responded to a consultation on how taxes could tackle the rising problem and promote recycling, with Jenrick claiming that the government was looking at ‘smart, intelligent incentives’ to get plastic producers to take responsibility.

Amid rumours that a levy on manufacturers and some disposable plastic products may be introduced in the Budget, the Treasury said it wanted to promote the greater use of recycled plastic in manufacturing, discourage plastics that are difficult to recycle and reduce demand for single-use items.


Jenrick said: "I've been overwhelmed by the public support and the responses we've received will be invaluable as we develop our plans for using the tax system to combat this. Our duty to leave the environment in a better state than we found it is absolutely clear and what we've set out today is another important step to ensuring a cleaner, greener future for Britain."