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Get ready for next years new Plastic Packaging Tax

Published on: 02 December 2021


A new Plastic Packaging Tax will take effect from 1 April 2022 and will encourage the use of recycled rather than new plastic within plastic packaging. 


It is believed that this will, in turn, stimulate increased levels of recycling and collection of plastic waste, diverting it away from landfill or incineration. 

Packaging should only contain recycled content where it is permitted to do so under other regulations, such as those covering food safety.

The tax will apply to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into, the UK where the plastic used in its manufacture is less than 30% recycled. You will need to keep records and, in most cases, register for the tax, even if all the packaging you manufacture or import contains more than 30% recycled plastic. 

If you are a business that manufactures or imports plastic packaging, including if you import packaging which already contains goods (such as plastic bottles), there are things you should do now to prepare for the tax. The rate of the tax will be £200 per metric tonne of plastic packaging.

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