Update UK: plastic packaging tax upcoming

A tax on plastic packaging will come into force in April 2022. This tax intends to encourage the use of recycled plastic within packaging, to create a greater demand for recycled plastic and to stimulate increased levels of recycling and collection of plastic waste. This measure is expected to impact up to an estimated 20.000 producers and importers of plastic packaging.

​Scope of the Plastic Packaging Tax

The proposal for the plastic tax applies to plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content and includes biodegradable and compostable plastics.

It will be assumed that all plastic packaging will contain less than 30% recycled content, unless you can prove otherwise. In this proposal, packaging is defined as all products made of any material of any nature be used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and presentation of goods. The scope includes all packaging around imported pre-filled goods and empty packaging. Imported transit packaging and cellulose-based polymers that have not been chemically modified are excluded.

Do you have this Obligation?

Businesses that manufacture in the UK or import plastic packaging into the UK will be liable to pay the tax. For UK-based production the tax will be charged at the point of conversion. For imports, the tax point is who places packaging on the UK market for the first time. Businesses that manufacture or import less than 10 tons of plastic packaging annually will not need to register for the tax.

Contact Pincvision for support!

We would like to make you aware of the risks of being non-compliant. If your company puts any sort of packaging on the market, whether in the United Kingdom or not, please feel free to contact Pincvision! Call +31(0)88-4321800 or send an e-mail to info@pincvision.com and we would love to answer all of your questions.

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Source: Wastepack and UK government

23 Apr 2020 at 1:00 pm