What Is The Plastic Tax?

- Aug 19, 2019-

Brits using bubble wrap, takeaway food boxes and plastic cutlery could face increased charges under a new tax.

Chancellor Philip Hammond called for a review in his Autumn Budget into whether a charge on single-use plastics would help tackle extreme waste.

But it could hit shoppers’ pockets directly, as the Chancellor has not yet ruled out levying a charge on consumers as well as manufacturers in a repeat of the 5p plastic bag fee.

A tax on plastics would come as part of the ground-breaking moves to clean up the world's rubbish-strewn oceans - as 12 million tonnes of waste are said to enter them every year.

The Treasury said the amount of single-use plastic wasted in the UK every year could fill London's Royal Albert Hall 1,000 times over.

Plastics that are usually only used once - like bubble wrap, take-away containers and plastic cutlery, would be affected by the move.