Tackling Plastics and Cleaner Air

1. Tackling the scourge of plastics
Consulting on the introduction of a deposit return scheme. It will also look at other measures to increase recycling rates.
Calling evidence on single use plastics. This will enable us to examine changes to the tax system or the introduction of new charges.
Legislated to ban microbeads. A ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads came into force on the 9January and a ban on their sale will come into effect in July.
Requiring large retailers to charge 5p for single use plastic carrier bags. The number of plastic bags being distributed has fallen by 83 per cent. The £95 million raised from the charge so far has been donated to good causes.
Doubling maximum litter fines to £150. From April, the default fine will increase from £75 to £100.

2. Cleaner air for the next generation
Improving air quality in some of the most polluted areas. We are supporting local authorities with funding worth more than £260 million to tackle the worst levels of air pollution at busy road junctions and hotspots.
Calling evidence on cutting harmful emissions caused by the burning of fuels. We are consulting on a range of issues including encouraging people to switch from house coal and new powers for local authorities.
Restricting air pollution from combustion plants and generators. New regulations are expected to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 43 per cent – helping the UK meet its 2030 targets.
Introducing a one-off tax on diesel cars. Their First-Year Rate will be calculated as if they were in the VED band above.

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