UK Government announces new plastics tax as part of new budget
UK Government announces new plastics tax as part of new budget
Plastic bottles for recycling
01 November, 2018, 15:41
Similarly, a large portion of the plastic scrap generated including margarine tubes, grocery bags, and detergent bottles contain HDPE resins. In fact, Defra's departmental resource budget will be reduced from £1.6 billion to £1.5 billion between 2018/19 and 2019/20. It is also the department with the most Brexit work streams - around 70 - and is still looking to take on 1,400 new staff by the Brexit deadline of 29 March 2019.
There is heavy demand for recycled plastic in the packaging industry because most waste scrap is generated by the packaging sector and then recycled to manufacture PET containers, bottles, carpet fibers, and clothes. "He added: "'This should stimulate new investment in plastic recycling innovation and capacity here in the United Kingdom and provide recycled plastic feedstock to the industry.' Announcing the pledges yesterday, Mr Hammond said he wanted Britain to be a 'world leader" on the issue, adding that plastic is 'deadly to our wildlife and oceans". In addition to providing incentives for eliminating ocean plastics leakage, the program will also educate local communities in Indonesia and beyond about the environmental and social implications of plastic pollution and the opportunities presented by recycling. The new tax proposal is, therefore, welcome and we look forward to engaging fully with the consultation. Single-use plastic items "are convenient for consumers but deadly for oceans". Recyclability needs to be built in at the design stage and this will require a stronger and expanded Extended Producer Responsibility framework. According to the report, raising plastic collection and recycling rates across these five countries to 80 percent would cut the global ocean plastics leakage rate by 23 percent.
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"We must become a world leader in tackling the scourge of plastic littering our planet and our oceans", Hammond said in a statement to Parliament on Monday.
While many solutions have been attempted to this end, they have largely met with limited success because a substantial number of the areas directly responsible for ocean plastics leakage are impoverished areas with limited infrastructure and security problems which make recyclers susceptible to robbery or theft if they are rewarded with cash. He added that he hoped the Budget announcements were "just the first steps of the journey - heralding a systemic shift from a throwaway to a thrifty society".
The chancellor went on to say that the so-called "latte levy", which would introduce a 25-pence levy on disposable coffee cups, was off the table at this point as it was not "effective in encouraging widespread reuse". As consumers, we throw away around £140 million worth of clothing each year, while clothing manufacturers create the equivalent emissions of global flights and shipping combined by burning unwanted or unsold stock.
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