Meeting the needs of a growing world population, with a finite resource base on a planet that is already under stress from over-consumption, will come down to an economy’s ability to grow while resource use is declining.
The general consensus is that if resources are cheap, the incentive to run a throw-away society is higher, making it difficult to break away from the current polluting economic trajectory. Taxes on packaging can encourage the substitution of virgin materials with secondary and recycled materials. Is there a case for a plastic packaging tax in the UK?
Richard Kirkman has contributed to the latest whitepaper from Imperial College London
It is now up to Government to go through with it and adopt this policy - a minimum of 30% recycled content in packaging. There currently is not enough material recycled to feed this desire - and that's precisely the point - when the market demands it, we will invest and provide it, and the tax will accelerate this demand.
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