Reducing Waste

February 21, 2019

This week, the Government launches a series of consultations to overhaul the waste system, cut plastic pollution and move towards a more circular economy. 


My column in this week's Chad lays out some of these proposals. 


Key parts of the proposals are: 

  • Packaging producers set to pay the full cost of dealing with their waste, more consistent household recycling, and a Deposit Return Scheme for cans and bottles, subject to consultation.

  • Consultation also launched for a world-leading tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content.

  • New analysis published shows the net benefit to UK economy of the changes will run into millions.

I'm pleased that the Government is taking action to ensure that we remain a world leader in resource efficiency and that we are protecting our environment for future generations. 

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