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Plastic Packaging Tax

From 1 April 2022 the UK government is introducing a new Plastic Packaging Tax which is aimed at encouraging businesses to use recycled plastics in their packaging.

If you manufacture plastic packaging or import 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging within a 12 month period, you will need to register for the tax.

The rate of the tax will be £200 per metric tonne of plastic packaging.

The tax applies to manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging components which contain less than 30% of recycled plastic when measured by weight.

It applies to plastic packaging which is UK-manufactured or imported into the UK, whether the packaging is filled or unfilled.

Businesses that exceed the 10 tonne threshold will still need to register for the  tax from 1 April even if all their packaging contains 30 per cent or more recycled plastic.

There will be a small number of exemptions from the tax and businesses that manufacture or import less than 10 tonnes of plastic packaging will not need to register for the tax but there may still be record keeping and reporting requirements.

The tax will affect a wide range of businesses due to its broad scope. Further details of the tax and government guidance on the steps you should follow can be found here.

For more information and guidance on the Plastic Packaging Tax, please don’t hesitate to contact us to the right of this page.

Written February 2022.

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