An overwhelming majority of the British public would prefer their food to be wrapped in compostable packaging rather than plastic, according to new research.
The survey of 2,085 UK adults also found that 83 per cent would support a tax on plastic packaging, although 80 per cent clarified that the tax should consider compostable materials separately from traditional plastics.
The government confirmed last March that a Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) will come into effect from April 2022. Current plans mean that the tax will encompass biodegradable and compostable plastics, but not packaging which contains more than 30 per cent recycled plastic content.
The government are facing calls to adjust these measures in order to support the benefits of compostable packaging in the fight against plastic pollution.
New poll reveals Eight-in-ten Brits want their food wrapped in compostable packaging, not plastic.
The survey found 83% of Brits are supportive of a tax on plastic packaging, with a separate and distinct treatment for compostable materials.
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Baroness Bakewell, the Liberal Democrats Lords spokesperson for the environment, told the House of Lords on June 30: “It is of course a fine public policy objective to encourage the use of recycled rather than virgin plastics, as the tax attempts to do, but that single criterion fails to recognise a few facts of life.