UK tax could spell the ‘end of plastic’


Firms who package goods in unrecyclable plastic are set to be hit with massive costs under plans to drive its use “out of existence”, The Independent can reveal.

Whitehall insiders believe the proposal — effectively a tax on non-reusable plastic — will have a greater impact on the government’s drive to abolish all plastic waste by 2042 than any other measure.

A source close to the proposal said it would make the cost of using unrecyclable plastics “so exorbitantly high” that companies would simply conclude they are no longer worth it.

At the same time the measure will create a lucrative funding stream to pump into new UK recycling capacity for plastics that can be reused. It follows a string of announcements from environment secretary Michael Gove as he stakes out green issues as Conservative political territory, with campaigners encouraged to push for progress in other areas too.