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13 March 2018

Chancellor announces new environmental initiatives in Spring Statement

In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a call for evidence on using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste.

The review will look broadly across the whole supply chain, from production and retail to consumption and disposal.

In his speech, Hammond insisted that any measures will seek to change behaviour and encourage innovation, rather than raise revenue. Any such revenue raised will be invested into developing “new greener products and processes” and to kickstart this, Government is committing £20 million now from existing budgets to "businesses and universities to help stimulate new thinking and rapid solutions in this area."

Responding to the announcement, BSDA’s Director General Gavin Partington, said:

“As an industry we recognise that more can be done to reduce litter and increase recycling rates and so we welcome the launch of the innovation fund to develop new greener products and processes.

“The ambition is for all our packaging in the UK to be 100% recyclable, that consumers recycle, and that drinks containers do not end up as litter in our towns, countryside, rivers and oceans.

“We have long believed that reform of the current compliance system would create greater transparency, and lead to increased investment in UK recycling infrastructure, more so than a tax on a single material.

“We believe that by working together with governments, NGO’s and other stakeholders real progress can be achieved to make the UK the world leader in creating a truly circular economy.”