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Tackling the Plastic Problem

As widely speculated, the Chancellor announced a call for evidence to explore how changes to the tax system or charges could be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics, by reducing unnecessary production, increasing reuse, and improving recycling.

In the consultation document entitled Tackling the plastic problem: using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste , the government says it will also explore how it can drive innovation in this area to achieve the same outcomes, with funding available for businesses and universities to carry out work in this area.

The aim is to look at how the same economic incentives can drive innovation, for example by stimulating businesses to develop and integrate new technology, or by encouraging growth in the recycling industry by addressing barriers to investment.

The consultation will look broadly across the whole supply chain, from production and retail to consumption and disposal, in order to gain the best possible understanding of the whole landscape before the government decides on a course of action.