Peter Davis, the director-general of the British Plastics Federation (BPF), clashed with Jeremy Irons, Oscar-winning actor-turned documentary filmmaker on Channel 4 News last night over the issues of bag taxes and dealing with plastic waste.
Irons has made a film entitled ‘Trashed' which includes looking at the impact of plastic waste on environments around the world.
The actor argued for a plastic bag tax to be introduced into England, citing what he called the success of the levy imposed in Ireland, where he said consumption of bags had fallen by 95%.
Davis argued that such a charge would be counterproductive and pointed to how companies recycled plastic waste, particularly bottles.
Irons also called for better co-ordination of waste collection practices by local authorities.
However the BPF director-general said there was unlikely to be a “diktat” imposed from central government on how plastic waste should be picked up from households, given Westminster's enthusiasm for localism.
“This will be an uphill struggle,” he told Channel 4 News.
Davis was able to highlight to Irons how the producer Responsibility Compliance scheme worked to support recycling, a point the actor was unaware of.
Click here to see Davis and Irons talking plastic.