An additional 700,000 tons of plastic will be thrown away while the government delays its proposed tax on plastic packaging, according to Labour analysis.

The next four years will also see British people throw away at least 100,000 tons of coffee cups, a figure that critics argue could be slashed with the introduction of a 25p charge on beverages.

Chancellor Philip Hammond came under fire for failing to introduce the highly anticipated “latte levy” in the autumn Budget.

While he did announce a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging that contains less than 30 per cent recycled plastic, it is not set to come into force until 2022.

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