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Sandwich packaging to be hit with 15p tax to cut down on plastic waste

Mirror logo Mirror 02/12/2018 Dan Townend
a sandwich cut in half: Experts said companies use too much 'badly designed packaging' © Sunday Mercury Experts said companies use too much 'badly designed packaging'

Sandwich packaging is to be targeted by a new tax in a bid to cut down on waste.

The move, set to add 15p to prices, could be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove as early as this week.

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He wants to recoup the cost of dealing with packs where cardboard is glued to a plastic window, making them impossible to recycle. 

Simon Ellin, of trade body the Recycling Association, said: “Manufacturers and retailers use too much badly designed packaging.”

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He said the move would put from 10p to 15p on the average £2.14 price of a sandwich.

Some four billion are sold a year, and the UK industry employs 300,000 people.  

Mr Gove’s waste strategy, to tackle the 222 million tons a year we produce a year, will also target the huge amount of ­packaging generated by online retailers and delivery services such as Amazon and Deliveroo.

Other moves include £400 spot fines on householders found fly-tipping and a doubling of the plastic bag tax to 10p.

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