Autumn Budget: Plastic Tax Proposal
The Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced a proposed a tax on plastic in the Autumn Budget.
Following the success of the 5p carrier bag charge, which has seen an 80% reduction in single use carrier bags, the government will investigate ways to implement the reduction of single-use plastics, such as water bottles, disposable coffee cups and takeaway boxes , through the tax system and other charges .
The issue of plastic packaging pollution is widely recognised. However, Ben Fogle, ambassador for the environmental conservation organisation A Plastic Planet, fears these measures will not be enough to change the public’s consumption habits. Mr Fogle wants the government to think more radically and is campaigning for a Plastic-Free aisle to be introduced in supermarkets to encourage consumers to think about the effect of plastic in our
. HM Treasury. Autumn Budget 2017 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/autumn-budget-2017-25-things-you-need-to-know 28 November 2017
 Fogle, B. Dear Chancellor, there's a better trick than tax to fix our plastic addiction .The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/21/thanks-trying-mr-hammond-better-trick-tax-fix-plastic-addiction/ 21 November 2017
. A Plastic Planet www.aplasticplanet.com/ 28 November 2017