How taxes could be used to curb single-use plastics

The government has launched a call for evidence on how the tax system could be used to crack down on single-use plastics, but commentators have warned of potential pitfalls. James Parsons reports

Mass production of plastic containers. Photograph: pixpack / 123RF
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a call for evidence on a new tax to reduce use of single-use plastics

Single-use plastics could be discouraged through a new tax, should plans announced by chancellor Philip Hammond be put into action. A wide-ranging call for evidence on single-use plastics and barriers to their reduction, reuse and recycling was launched by the chancellor alongside his Spring Statement on 13 March.

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