Charges on plastic? Let the government know you support them

By: Erin O'Neill
Date posted: 17 April 2018

We have an opportunity to make a difference in the fight against plastic pollution, but we need your help! Single-use plastic waste is a blight on our environment, clogging the seas, killing wildlife, and polluting the planet.

These items are only used once and then thrown away, and include things like plastic bags, straws, water bottles and food packaging.

The government wants to know your opinion on a throwaway plastic tax. This means that a charge on single-use plastic could become a reality in this year’s budget – if the government is convinced.

This would not only help to reduce waste, but encourage more environmentally friendly behaviour from businesses and consumers alike.

With your help we have made real change happen before- there are 30% less plastic bags on the seafloor since the introduction of the carrier bag charge. Big chains like Wetherspoons, Waitrose and McDonald’s are cutting down on plastic waste by switching to paper straws and getting rid of disposable cups. But we need to do more before it’s too late.

Make your voice heard - the consultation ends on May 18th, so make sure to send your emails before then.

All you have to do is send the e-mail through our tools below. Depending on how much detail you want to get into, pick the short or long version:

Take action with the short version

Take action with the long version

Actions you can take

  1. Help stop the plastic tide
  2. Help us stop the plastic tide
  3. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017

Did you know?…

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded 40% fewer bags on beaches

On UK beaches levels of litter have doubled in the past 20 years

We removed 568,000 pieces of litter from our coasts in one year