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News UK Government to consider tax on single-use plastics

Discussion in 'Business News & Resources' started by Jenilee, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Jenilee

    Jenilee

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    The budget statement of finance minister Philip Hammond, will include a consultation on taxing and charging environmentally damaging single-use plastics, according to Britain’s finance department. These include packaging and bubble wrap, polystyrene takeaway boxes and throwaway coffee cups.

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    The finance ministry said this work will specifically look at taxes and charges to help prevent pollution, and protect the environment. The use of plastic bag has been reduced to 80% since 2015 due to the introduction of plastic bag charges.

    The consultation is expected to launch in the new year. It will also take into account another government consultation on deposit return schemes for drinks containers.

    Source: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-b...nsider-tax-on-throwaway-plastic-idUKKBN1DI0AZ
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2017
  2. Cody

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    Although I believe a good system to crack down on the use of plastics throughout the UK, and so far has helped with the plastic bags, I do feel the government is looking in some of the wrong places to tax people on.

    If this tax goes through, then surely it'll cost these companies - using one time plastics - more money. Therefore looking at cheaper alternatives, and perhaps cutting costs. For one, the loss of staff?

    Another one I'm concerned about, is looking at ways to prevent pollution.
    Currently arms are sold to the Saudi Regime. This means that weapon pollution is still one of the biggest causes of pollution throughout the world. Shouldn't the UK government be looking at this and take action to stop pollution from weapons and war? By perhaps, not sell weapons...or does the affect of pollution not matter if it's done in another country other than the UK?

    If companies such as coffee shops are to be taxed on single use plastics, then surely, another idea from these big corporations (of whom don't pay their fair share of tax anyway) will just crank up their prices on their products - therefore passing the tax onto their customers?
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