Industry welcomes consultation on fiscal measures to tackle ‘scourge’ of single-use plastics

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that the Treasury would be launching a consultation on how the tax system can be used to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics has received widespread approval from the UK waste and resources industry following the Spring Statement yesterday (13 March).

Speaking in the House of Commons, Chancellor Philip Hammond launched the call for evidence from stakeholders in the waste and resources industry, along with a £20 million innovation fund to help businesses and universities develop alternatives to single-use plastics.

Announcing the policy, Hammond told assembled MPs: “We must take bold action to become a world leader in tackling the scourge of single-use plastic littering our streets, countryside and coastline.”