Consultation outcome

Tackling the plastic problem

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Earlier this year, the government ran 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 we waste. It looked 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 to determine the best course of action. It also sought to explore how best to drive innovation in this area to achieve the same outcomes.

The government received 162,000 responses and this document provides a summary of these. It also outlines the government’s response and sets out next steps in the process.

Original consultation

Summary

A call for evidence on using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste

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Consultation description

This call for evidence will explore how changes to the tax system or charges could be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics we waste by reducing unnecessary production, increasing reuse, and improving recycling. The government would also like to explore how we can also drive innovation in this area to achieve the same outcomes.

The government will consider all options for using the tax system to address single-use plastic waste and to drive innovation, and will use the evidence gathered from this call to inform that process. The government wants to 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 deciding on the best course of action.

Single-use plastic waste: call for evidenc

Documents

Published 13 March 2018
Last updated 18 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated with summary of responses.
  2. Amended document to include correction on page 16, Chart 3.A
  3. First published.