The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has issued a statement voicing its concerns over a decision by the UK chancellor Philip Hammond to introduce tax on single-use plastics as part of government’s effort to tackle ocean pollution.
The BPF said it was important that all facts are taken into consideration during the call for evidence period, including the fact that only 2% of ocean litter came from the UK, Europe and the US combined.
Calling for “proportionate” measures, the BPF said the plastics industry had invested in “hundreds of initiatives” to stop plastic leaking into the environment.
“Any interventions from government should involve detailed consultation with all industry stakeholders associated with the supply of food and drink so that they are effective, evidence-based…” said BPF, adding that at this point in time, it did not “feel that taxation is the best course of action but looks forward to continuing constructive dialogue with government.”
Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce this week a call for evidence on how taxes or other charges on single-use plastics – including takeaway boxes and packaging – could reduce marine litter.