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Consultation on the UK Plastic Packaging Tax

Consultation on the UK Plastic Packaging Tax
by Annis Mapleston at 15:02 in Packaging

​The UK has launched a consultation on the finer details of its Plastic Packaging Tax, confirmed as going ahead in the Chancellor's Budget 2020 speech last week.


Some elements of the tax have been confirmed, and are not subject to consultation:

  • The tax will be implemented from April 2022;
  • It will be charged at a rate of £200 per tonne of plastic packaging made from less than 30% recycled plastic;
  • It will apply to packaging manufactured in the UK and imports of both filled and unfilled packaging;
  • Businesses which manufacture/import less than 10 tonnes annually will be exempt.

A number of other areas are detailed in the consultation, along with related questions:
  • Definitions of plastic, packaging, and what counts as recycled material;
  • Who will be liable for the tax;
  • The point at which the tax will be implemented;
  • Exemptions additional to the one for small producers;
  • Sanctions for non-compliance.

The consultation closes on May 20, 2020.
If you have any questions about the UK's new plastic packaging tax and how it may affect your business, please contact us​ to speak to one of our consultants.
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