Tackling the scourge of plastics

Single-use plastics are amongst the worst forms of pollution. Our role has included:-

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 9 January and a ban on their sale came 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 increased from £75 to £100.