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Tackling waste: tax on takeaway packaging items coming soon?

In the recent Budget Philip Hammond announced plans for a Government investigation into the tax system and current charges on single-use plastic items, to determine avenues for waste reduction. The idea is to help prevent pollution in the Earth’s oceans and protect the environment generally.

It is very possible that as a result of these investigations there will be a new tax on single-use packaging items such as polystyrene takeaway boxes, plastic bottles and coffee cups. At this stage, no proposals have been suggested as to how the taxes would work in practice, or the level at which they might be set.

There will follow a consultation period where scientists, retailers and manufacturers will provide reports to the Treasury who will then compile them to form the basis of their review during 2018.

In response to this aspect of the Chancellor’s Budget statement, Foodservice Packaging Association Executive Director Martin Kersh said:

“The FPA welcomes the Evidence Gathering proposal by the Treasury because it will give the industry the opportunity to prove that there is a far superior option on the table to taxation, which will deliver the objectives the government, public and the industry wants at a far lower cost to the consumer.

“Defra is aware our sector is actively working to produce a roadmap for the recovery and recycling of "on-the-go" materials of which food and drink is only one part. The industry is recognising the need to reform its producer responsibility system via the Packaging Recovery Note scheme. This system has been proven to deliver great value in terms of recycling but now needs to be reformed to meet today’s marketplace and the challenging targets towards which we are all working.”

Source: NCASS Nationwide Caterers Association

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