Chancellor Phillip Hammond's proposal to introduce a levy on single use plastic packaging has been welcomed by the Chairman of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), Yawar Khan. The ACF represents the interests of 35,000 takeaways and restaurants in the UK.
Yawar Khan stated, “We need to reduce the problem caused by plastics, which are polluting the oceans and poisoning marine wildlife. The 5p tax on plastic carrier bags has been sufficient to cut their usage by 85% – so a new surcharge will not need to be excessive to bring about a change in customer behaviour. Restaurants need to pass the cost on to customers, like shops and stop absorbing it.”