UK Plastic Packaging Tax Enters Into Force

Who is involved?

Manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging, their business customers, and end-consumers in the UK will be affected by this new Plastic Packaging Tax. Important to note, manufacturers and importers of less than 10 tonnes of plastic packaging per year are exempted from the tax.

What are the applicable rules?

Plastic packaging is determined as “packaging that is predominantly plastic by weight”. And the new tax applies only to plastic packaging, which does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic and is manufactured in, or imported into the UK. Furthermore, the tax is applicable whether the packaging is unfilled or filled. The charging rate is £200 per tonne.

What are the impacts?

From an economic perspective, the tax is supposed to encourage businesses to use more recycled plastic in their packages. In turn, it will create greater demand and thus stimulate higher rates of recycling and collection of plastic waste, diverting it away from landfills and incineration.

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