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Autumn Budget 2017: Environmental Update

22nd November 2017

Melanie Harper

Today (22 November) the government delivered its 2017 Autumn Budget and confirmed plans reported previously on packaging recycling targets for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and further plans for tackling waste plastic packaging issues

Packaging recycling targets 2018 - 2020

As already reported in the Spring Budget in March this year the government will legislate to set new statutory packaging recycling targets for 2018 to 2020. The overall UK total packaging recycling rate is due to rise to 75.4% from the current level of approximately 65%.

The actual (business) target rates announced in the budget are:

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These targets will certainly keep us on our toes at Comply Direct over the coming years. If you have any questions about the packaging targets, please email packaging@complydirect.com.

Problem of plastic waste encourages a tax on single-use plastic to be considered

The damage plastic is causing in today's world, primarily on the world's oceans is becoming more and more recognised and publicised. Today the government announced in the budget (as reported earlier this week here) that they will move towards a new tax on single-use plastics such as takeaway boxes, plastic straws and single-use coffee cups.


We will keep you up to date on any developments on the above as they happen