Chancellor's Spring Statement promises consultation on single-use plastic tax

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Hammond used his Spring Statement to announce a government consultation on single-use plastics

Chancellor of the Excehquer Phillip Hammond has announced that the government will launch a consultation on single-use plastics.

In his Spring Statement speech, Hammond said government will now consider how best to use the tax system to “encourage responsible use of plastic.”

Money raised from a single-use plastic tax would be used to encourage new greener products and services.

Hammond also committed £20million from existing budgets for universities and businesses to help research how to reduce the impact of plastics on the environment.

Jacob Hayler, Environmental Services Association executive director, welcomed the consultation.

He said: “Higher taxes or charges for virgin plastics could be part of an overall system which drives the right behaviours across the supply chain by boosting demand for recycled alternatives.

“The consultation is a strong first step and shows that the government is taking this issue seriously.”

Yet some argued that the Chancellor needs to go further with his suggestions.

James Court, head of policy and external affairs at the Renewable Energy Association, said: “The tax system should be used to encourage more sustainable behaviours and establish a true circular economy.

“An ambition to bring England’s food waste collections to at least the levels seen in Scotland and Wales should be a priority alongside tackling single-use plastics.”

The CIWM also called for the UK to do more to help developing and middle-income nationals to tackle pollution and reduce plastic waste.

CIWM chief executive Colin Church said: “Some 3 billion people across the globe do not have access to controlled waste disposal services and facilities, and research suggests that mismanaged municipal solid waste in developing countries is the major source of plastics entering our oceans.”

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