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Updated Jan 12, 2022

New Plastic Packaging Tax

The new Plastics Packaging Tax will come into force from 1 April 2022.

The key facts of this tax are:

  • the aim is to incentivise the use of recycled material in the production of plastic packaging;
  • it will apply to plastic packaging manufactured in or imported into the UK containing less than 30% recycled content;
  • the rate of tax will be charged at £200/tonne;
  • it does not apply to businesses if they manufacture or import less than 10 tonnes of plastic packaging in a 12 month period.

Packaging subject to the tax

Where the packaging or component is...

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