Could there now be a plastic bottle tax?

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The government are now considering introducing a plastic bottle tax in order to try and tackle the quantity of waste taking up space in landfill sites and polluting the sea.


People who buy liquids in plastic containers would have to pay an extra 10p or 20p, which would be refundable upon returning the bottle. This scheme has already been tested out in Scotland and similar schemes in Europe, Canada and the USA.


According to Recycle Now, UK households use 480 million plastic bottles a year but recycle just 270 million. This means around 35 million plastic bottles are used everyday but around 16 million are not recycled. Due to the success of the 5p charge for plastic bags campaigners are now seeing an opportunity to use similar schemes to further help reduce plastic waste.


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