SUPERMARKETS and beverage giants have seen a significant increase in recycling fees, amounting to £ 1 billion to cut up plastic waste.
Sources said yesterday that ministers are considering a radical increase in costs for waste producers as part of Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, who was working to clean up the UK.
There are new concerns that Britons may be forced to pick up some of the tab as companies pass on the costs to customers.
However, the government requires supermarkets and other manufacturers and manufacturers to increase the cost of collecting and recycling the estimated 11 million tonnes of packaging waste produced in the United Kingdom.
As part of a new waste strategy, one option is to increase the "contributions" from retailers and manufacturers from £ 70 million per annum to £ 500 million to £ 1 billion per annum.
There are also plans to increase the number of companies that contribute from the current 7,000, the Guardian said.
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Currently, two-thirds of the packaging waste is exported.
Phil Conran, chairman of a government advisory committee on packaging, said, "Many [retailers and manufacturers] are used at a higher cost in other Member States anyway, so they know that this is unavoidable. "
The move takes place two weeks after the Chancellor has decided against a "latte tax" in the household. Philip Hammond said that delivering coffee coffees "isolated" would not cause a "significant shift from one-way to reusable cups".
Treasury insiders were also concerned that taxes could not be levied on an industry. This means that the cost of everything from soft drink cups to fast food chains and hospital trays would increase.