Plaid Cymru Calls For Plastic Tax

It's thought a levy would reduce the amount of single use plastic that ends up in the sea.

Plaid Cymru wants to see us paying more for non-reusable and non-reyclable plastic items in Wales.  

The party believes a levy on disposable plastics could reduce the amount that ends up in the sea and in landfill.

The Welsh Government will be making a statement on devolved taxes in the Senedd later.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas said: "Plaid Cymru believes in introducing a levy on non-reusable and non-recyclable plastics.

"In April the Welsh Government has the ability to vary and raise taxes. 

"I'm confident the best option is to have a polluter pays principle when it comes to taxation and introduce a plastic levy. 

"Wales could lead the way with a levy on disposable single-use plastics. 

"The carrier bag levy showed how a small policy can make a big difference. 

"The recently passed Welsh budget will help to further increase recycling rates through a feasibility study of a deposit-return scheme for Wales.

"A Deposit Return Scheme for glass and cans along with a single use plastic levy, could have a huge impact on the amount of waste generated in Wales.

"Ensuring we have a deposit return scheme for Wales would be another important step in our journey to create a zero waste nation by 2030."

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