Britons set to pay more plastic taxes to curb pollution

Britons are set to be charged more in taxes to wean them off plastic products that can damage the environment, the government has announced. Prime Minister Theresa May has used a speech on the issue to outline a 25-year plan, aimed at slashing the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill and the world's oceans.

A consultation will take place on the possibility of extending the 5p plastic bag tax from large stores to small shops, following the dramatic success of this measure in cutting the use of such bags. There may also be a 25p charge on disposable coffee cups. Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said it was clear that "people are already prepared to pay more in order to help the environment".

The EU is also considering extra plastic taxes, although these are not just an environmental measure, as the bloc hopes to raise £20 billion a year to help close the gap in its budget that will arise from Brexit.