Your charity for Scotland’s environment


Our response to Autumn Budget plans to tax single-use plastics

Following today’s announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond of plans to tax single-use plastics, our Chief Executive, Derek Robertson, commented:

"Keep Scotland Beautiful welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment to investigate measures to address the amount of single use plastic that is discarded unnecessarily in our environment. We are delighted that momentum is now building behind a move that has the potential to make a positive difference. We have waited a long time for our national governments to show leadership to address the environmental impacts caused by our throw away society. 

"We would certainly urge that industry, trade organisations and politicians take the opportunity in the months ahead to explore all measures, including taxing single use products, that would lead to a reduction of littering, and initiatives that encourage greater recycling and reuse of plastic products. 

"There is clearly a role for national, environmental organisations that are focussed on litter prevention and behaviour change to assist the private sector with the communication and engagement interventions that will be necessary. And we are already assisting a number of corporate organisations to develop appropriate strategies that will allow them to make a telling contribution in this area. There are too few seeking to engage; so many more must step up to the plate.

"However, we must recognise that a tax is only part of the solution of removing plastic from our litter stream - litter that is on our streets, parks, beaches and our beauty spots. Reducing the use of disposable products is a good start. But, we must encourage consumers to reduce their use of single use items, move to reusable products where possible, and to dispose of the products they purchase responsibly."

22 November 2017

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