Michael Gove and Philip Hammond have formed a Cabinet alliance to press for new taxes and restrictions on throwaway plastic.
The Environment Secretary and Chancellor, who have clashed repeatedly over Brexit, are said to have put aside their differences to work on a package of measures designed to drive out the worst forms of single- use plastic.
Mr Gove, who has already championed a ban on plastic straws, is looking at the possibility of punitive levies on items that are hard to recycle, such as black plastic food trays, sauce sachets and the film packaging on some meat products in supermarkets.
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Michael Gove and Philip Hammond have set aside Brexit differences to tackle plastic waste
The aim would be to change the behaviour of manufacturers and persuade them to switch to alternative materials which are less damaging to the environment. Mr Hammond, meanwhile, is considering a range of new taxes on coffee cups, bubblewrap and disposable cutlery. In the past, the Treasury has resisted the idea of putting new taxes on everyday items for fear of alienating consumers and putting pressure on family budgets.
But Treasury sources said the success of new charges on plastic bags and