A call for evidence on using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste

The Chancellor is calling on all areas of society, from industry and green groups, to local government and the public to provide evidence relevant to exploring how changes to the tax system or charges could be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics we waste by reducing unnecessary production, increasing reuse, and improving recycling. The government would also like to explore how we can also drive innovation in this area to achieve the same outcomes.

The government will consider all options for using the tax system to address single-use plastic waste and to drive innovation, and will use the evidence gathered from this call to inform that process. The government wants to look broadly across the whole supply chain, from production and retail to consumption and disposal, in order to gain the best possible understanding of the whole landscape before deciding on the best course of action.

This is a call for evidence so does not contain specific policy proposals but the Chancellor has been clear this will lead to action.  An important aspect of tackling single-use plastic waste is innovation in more sustainable products and processes so the Chancellor has also announced a new allocation of £20m of funding to businesses and universities to stimulate new thinking and rapid solutions in this area.
Click HERE to read more and see the link to the downloadable call for evidence document. The government has stated that any information it collects will be useful in improving its data so you are invited to provide any evidence you deem relevant to this call for evidence.

HM Treasury’s deadline for receipt of responses is 11:59 pm on 18 May 2018.  Please email responses to or write to: 

Single-use plastics call for evidence
Energy and Transport Tax team
HM Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road

The REA will be submitting evidence.  REA members are welcome to contact Emily Nichols (, 07771 556231) with views and information.

Webpage published 27/03/2018 and last updated 19/04/2018

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