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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.

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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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