A range of new measures are being considered to help reduce packaging waste in Wales.

The Welsh government has published a consultation outlining possible methods of ensuring that retailers use less packaging in the future.

According to printweek.com, it labelled plastic, paper and card packaging in the food industry as a priority for waste reduction. The government also claimed to be keen to eventually expand this drive to target online retailers, consumer products and the secondary packaging used to transport goods.

The measures suggested to tackle packaging waste included the introduction of a new tax, similar to the plastic bag charge introduced across the country in October 2011.

However, in a statement submitted to walesonline.co.uk, a government spokesperson was keen to point out that all suggestions were stillĀ at the very early stages of consideration.

They said: “There is currently no plan to introduce any charges for packaging. We will build upon the success of voluntary initiatives such as the Courtauld Commitment which has made significant progress in helping retailers achieve ambitious waste reduction and recycling targets.

“We are also looking to enhance our support for manufacturers in Wales to help them increase productivity and competitiveness by creating products that use less in terms of resources and can be recycled more easily.”

The consultation continues until June 20th.

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