Treasury facing calls to water down plastic tax

The plastics industry is preparing to lobby the Treasury into watering down or delaying its proposed plastics tax, according to leaked papers.

The Treasury's consultation on taxing manufacturers who fail to include 30% recycled content in their products, came to an end yesterday.

Writing on the Mail Online, Treasury secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Just as a previous Conservative Chancellor, Ken Clarke, radically reduced the amount of waste going to landfill by designing a ground-breaking tax a generation ago, we are setting out to do the same for plastics. I'll soon be meeting businesses to discuss how we can work together to turn these ideas into action.”

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