Spring Statement: 5 things you need to know

Five things you need to know about yesterday’s Spring Statement, including details of a call for evidence on tackling plastic waste and help for white van drivers to go green

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White vans: consultation announced on reduced vehicle excise duty rates for the “cleanest” vans

1. Chancellor launches call for evidence on plastics tax
A call for evidence on single-use plastics and how to reduce barriers to their reduction, reuse and recycling was published alongside yesterday’s Spring Statement. The Treasury’s document defines single-use plastics as “all products that are made wholly or partly of plastic and are typically intended to be used just once and/or for a short period of time”, such as takeaway food boxes, coffee cups, stirrers, plastic wrap, straws, cotton buds and polystyrene packaging.

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