Campaign group Plastic Free Chesterfield is calling on Chesterfield businesses to make sustainable swaps away from single-use plastics to avoid paying the upcoming Plastic Packaging Tax coming into force in April 2022.
The new tax states that businesses using plastic packaging that is less than 30% recycled will have to pay more, in a drive to reduce waste and tackle plastic pollution.
To help, the group is listing top tips on their website, whilst offering an award and free publicity for businesses who make at least three swaps. Businesses who do so will become a Plastic Free Champion and will join over 60 other businesses in the borough.
Greg Hewitt, Plastic Free Chesterfield Community Lead, said:
“It is really good that a Plastic Packaging Tax is being introduced to help tackle plastic pollution, and thus makes a great opportunity for businesses to make a switch away from the most damaging plastics. We encourage any Chesterfield business using plastic packaging to take this opportunity and make the necessary changes to switch.”