Government to consult on tax on plastic packaging producers

Producers of plastic packaging who do not make enough recyclable material should face a new tax, the Government proposed as it launched a consultation on its plans to overhaul Britain’s waste system we hear today in the news.

A deposit return scheme for cans and bottles and a more consistent, simplified household recycling system are also part of the measures being put forward by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Ministers believe the planned overhaul could save the UK millions of pounds.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would also make Britain a leader in turning its back on a “throw-away” society.

And in a bid to drive up domestic recycling, the Government plans to introduce a “consistent set of recyclable materials for collection” so the public are clearer on what is or is not suitable.

It comes as Defra figures last week revealed the UK is not on track to meet EU targets to recycle half of household rubbish by 2020.

Figures for 2017 show 45.7% of household waste in the UK was recycled.

Under the Waste Framework Directive, members of the EU must meet a target to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020.

The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29, but Defra said the 2020 target will continue to apply.