UK: Plastics targeted in 25 year environment plan

30 January 2018

The Prime Minister has set out the UK government’s strategy on plastic with plans to tax single-use plastic packaging and assist supermarkets to create plastic-free aisles. Speaking at the launch of the government’s 25 year environmental plan on 11 January 2018, Theresa May said: “We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates”.
She also confirmed plans to explore a tax or charge on single-use packaging. “This success [of the 5p carrier bag charge] should inspire us,” she said. “We will extend the 5p charge to all retailers. Next month, we will launch a call for evidence on taxes or charges on single use plastics”.
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