Saturday, 18 November 2017

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered in an attempt to tackle problem of plastic waste

A tax on takeaway boxes is to be considered in an attempt to tackle the problem of plastic waste.

In Wednesday's Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to call for evidence on whether a tax on the use of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastics would help.

Single-use plastics include packaging, bubble wrap, and polystyrene takeaway boxes.

Greenpeace said ocean plastic pollution was "a global emergency".

Meanwhile, Stephen Hammond, a close friend of the chancellor, has told the BBC the chancellor wants to use the Budget to "attack problems" that contributed to the Tories' poor election performance.
He plans to use "headroom" in the public finances to target spending on housing and health, the former transport minister told Newsnight.

BBC     News.

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