All single-use items - not just plastic - could face charges under a new Government initiative to end Britain’s 'throw-away' culture.
A plan to give ministers new powers to bill consumers for using products that cannot be reused or recycled are set to be announced by the Government today.
This could see the 10p carrier bag charge replicated across a raft of other products including coffee stirrers and cutlery.
A plan to give ministers new powers to bill consumers for using products that cannot be reused or recycled are set to be announced by the Government today. Pictured is an exhibit on waste at the Chelsea Flower Show
The campaign is being spearheaded by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, Labour's Shadow Environment Minister, who passed an amendment to the government's Environment Bill.
The proposed legislation already makes it easier for ministers to bill consumers for single-use plastics but she wants this to be extended to all single-use products.
'This change to the Environment Bill will mean we can put an end to 'here-today gone-tomorrow' throwaway culture and move towards sustainable alternatives,' a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs source told the i.
The number of single-use plastic carriers issued by the stores has been slashed by more than 95 per cent since supermarkets began having to charge extra for them.
The charge increased to 10p from 5p on May 21 and now applies to every retailer, from giant supermarket chains to corner shops, small clothes boutiques, butchers, greengrocers and airport duty-free stores
Previously, the 5p levy only applied only to retailers with more than 250 staff but it has resulted in the average person in England buying just four bags a year from the big store chains – a huge reduction from 140 bags each in 2014.
The initiative could see the 10p carrier bag charge replicated across a raft of other products including coffee stirrers and cutlery
Charges for all single-use products would likely work in the same way as the carrier bag charge - which sees retailers forced to bill shoppers more with any money raised going to good causes.
However, the detail of the scheme is set to be announced.
Ruth Chambers of the Greener UK coalition said: 'This is very welcome news.
'A plastics only measure would have simply moved producers and consumers to single use alternatives that are often unrecyclable.'
But she said ministers' refusal to accept other Lords amendments meant it was 'passing a bill that will weaken vital domestic protections for people and nature'.