Its recent call to evidence on how tax can reduce plastic waste attracted 162,000 responses, the highest in the Treasury’s history.

New measures could include a “latte levy” on single-use coffee cups, discouraging difficult to recycle plastics such as black plastic and a greater use of recycled plastics over virgin in the manufacturing process


Changes are likely to be announced at this year’s Budget in Autumn.

Robert Jenrick, the exchequer secretary, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the public support and the responses we’ve received will be invaluable as we develop our plans for using the tax system to combat this.

“Tackling the scandal of plastic pollution is one of our top priorities and we know the public is right behind us.”

Bodies such as the ESA have vowed to work with the Treasury in developing a new policy measures.

Jacob Hayler, ESA executive director, said: “A plastic tax will have the biggest impact when it is aimed at production and manufacturing and we are pleased to see that the Treasury is looking at how to encourage greater use of recycled plastic at the start of the waste cycle.”

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