Chancellor to announce call for evidence on single-use plastics

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Chancellor Phillip Hammond

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to announce a call for evidence in tomorrow's budget on how taxing some single-use plastics could help reduce pollution.

Treasury sources have been reported to suggest the chancellor will look at whether similar measures to target carrier bags could help reduce plastic waste such as bottles, bubble wrap and takeaway boxes.

Within six months, there was an 85% reduction in plastic carrier bags after government introduced a 5p charge in England.

David Palmer- Jones, CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, welcomed the news.

He said: “This is a vital step towards achieving a more resource-efficient society and encouraging producers to take more responsibility.

An extended producer responsibility regime should address all forms of resource usage, materials and packaging production, and their collection, reuse and recycling across the supply chain.”

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