UK Mulls the Idea of Gum Tax

March 13, 2018 Taxation in UK

cleaning chewing gumLONDON – Chewing gum costs so much to clean up each year, that the UK government may start taxing it to recoup their losses.

On March 13th the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the UK Philip Hammond is expected to announce the launch of a new public consultation of potential tax measures aimed at eliminating or reducing the spread of single-use plastics.

Taxes on single-use plastic items are an increasingly popular measure around the world, and the UK looks set to join the ranks of countries with similar taxes.

The Exchequer indicated that the consultation will also include discussions on whether any such tax should be levied on chewing gum, which is made up of compounds similar to those seen in plastic products.

Currently, chewing gum is the second most common type of rubbish found on the streets of the UK, beaten only by cigarettes and cigarette butts.

It is estimated that every year, Councils across the UK spend a total of GBP 50 million to clean up gum alone.