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Welsh Government outlines disposable plastic waste plans

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The Welsh Government has outlined plans to cut the use of disposable plastic products in Wales.

These plans include a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and an additional £15 million of capital funding for plastic waste collection.

Speaking at the Senedd, Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn will announce her ambitions for Wales to the World's first 'Refill Nation'.

I’m pleased to announce a range of measures to further boost recycling and reduce waste, including £15m for Local Authorities to improve their recycling rates across Wales. I also want Wales to become the World’s first ‘Refill Nation’, making tap water easily accessible across the whole of Wales.

I am currently considering Wales’ involvement in a UK-wide deposit return scheme. Developing approaches on a UK wide basis can be less complicated for consumers and better for businesses who have told us they prefer this approach, particularly as we prepare for Brexit. I am also considering making changes to regulations so that producers and retailers pay a larger share of waste management costs.

We continue to work with HM Treasury on a UK single-use plastics tax. At the same time we will continue to consider a tax, levy or charge on single-use beverage cups for Wales. The mandatory use of reusable cups and a potential pilot is also something I am considering. We were the first in the UK to bring in a plastic carrier bag charge. We can lead the way once again and make Wales the first in the world when it comes to recycling.

– Hannah Blythyn AM, Environment Minister

A report commissioned by the Welsh Government found that it would be better for businesses and the public if Wales was part of a UK wide deposit return scheme. And they should continue to consider a tax or levy on single-use cups in Wales