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Call for evidence on plastic waste

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has added his input to the public debate around plastic waste by issuing a call for evidence. The Treasury paper inviting responses is called ‘Tackling the plastic problem: using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste’.

It includes eighteen questions. The key one, ‘How can the tax system or charges play a role in delivering better environmental outcomes at this stage?’ is posed four times, in the context of:

  1. the choice of materials made by manufacturers of packaging materials
  2. the requirements for packaging set by its users and retailers
  3. the choices consumers make when purchasing products
  4. overcoming barriers to recycling

Virtually all of Cambrian’s products are fully recyclable, so none of what we produce needs to be ‘single use’, but that is what it becomes if it ends up in landfill – or, worse, the ocean – because consumers are not sufficiently motivated to add it to their recycling bins. It will therefore be particularly interesting from our perspective to see what suggestions are offered to improve recycling rates and reduce plastic waste.

With the introduction of our Ecycle™ option, we are also addressing another of the paper’s questions: ‘What proportion of the plastic that you produce is made of recycled plastic, and what are the barriers to increasing this?’ Going on feedback received from our customers, we anticipate very strong growth in demand for packaging made from recycled material.

Request free samples of Ecycle packaging: email sales@cambrianpackaging.co.uk or call us on 01686 611 360.

Article contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.