Introduction of UK plastic packaging tax

On April 1, 2022, the United Kingdom will implement a new tax on non-reusable plastic packaging. If you import or manufacture 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging within a 12-month period, you may need to register for this Plastic Packaging Tax.

Plastic Packaging Tax and circular economy

Goal of the Plastic Packaging Tax is directing behaviour towards reducing use of single-use plastics and help boost the circular economy. The Plastic Packaging Tax will serve as an instrument to encourage the use of recycled rather than new plastic by levying single-use plastics produced or imported.

What you should know

  • Date: The tax will come into force April 1, 2022.
  • Registration threshold: A registration threshold of 10.000 kg of plastic packaging, manufactured or imported into the United Kingdom on an annual basis, will be applicable for the UK Plastic Packaging Tax. In case your company is under the threshold, there is no need to register for the tax. However, record keeping on plastics will be essential.
  • Scope: The Plastic Packaging Tax applies to manufacturers and/or importers of plastic packaging components containing less than 30% recycled material.
  • Reporting obligations: The reporting obligation frequency set for the plastic tax is quarterly. The first reporting period in 2022 is from April 1, 2022 – June 30,2022.
  • Charge: The applicable rate will be £ 200, - per tonne of chargeable plastic packaging components.

>> Click here to find out who should register for the tax, what to do before you register and when to register.

Please note: Record keeping is imperative: In case you are not able to present evidence on the 30% rule, it will be assumed that plastic packaging does not meet the 30% recycled content criterion and is therefore liable for the tax.

Pincvision’s EPR Reporting Services

Pincvision offers comprehensive environmental reporting services to provide an efficient and compliant, outsourced declaration process. This way you compliantly meet all Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations set by European Directives. Not only for packaging, but also for WEEE reporting (2012/19/EC) and Battery reporting (2006/66/EC).

Questions regarding the UK plastic packaging tax?

Do you need a service provider helping you to comply with this new packaging tax in the UK? Or do you require expertise in setting up an EPR process to achieve 94/62/EC-compliant reporting for packaging throughout the EU?

Please get in touch with us and learn more about our EPR reporting services. Call us via +31(0)88-4321800, send an email to info@pincvision.com or fill in the form at the bottom of this page and we will get in touch with you.

25 Mar 2022 at 2:20 pm
2 min
Published by:
Roos Mijnen
Environmental Compliance Specialist
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