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.