Focus on… the United Kingdom

The UK Plastic Packaging Tax is coming next month – find out what companies need to know now

At the beginning of summer 2021, the UK Government finally adopted the long-awaited Finance Act 2021, Part 2 which introduced the Plastic Packaging Tax.

Starting from April 2022, the tax will be paid on plastic packaging for each component with less than 30% recycled content. The tax amounts to £200 per tonne of manufactured or imported plastic packaging. 

Manufacturing also includes companies that will substantially modify a piece of plastic by extruding, moulding, layering and laminating, forming or printing.

In the last months, the UK Government has adopted further regulations on the plastic packaging tax:

In addition, an amendment to the Finance Act drafted in November 2021 was accepted in the House of Lords and is now heading for final Royal Assent. Regarding the plastic packaging tax, it further regulates importation, record keeping and requirements for groups of companies.

To help businesses that handle plastic packaging with the tax and its requirements, Landbell Group company ERP UK has developed some useful resources:

Building on ERP UK’s extensive data collection and reporting experience for the Packaging Waste Regulations, the new service will support businesses affected by the new tax.

If you have any questions about the plastic packaging tax and how it will affect your company, please contact ukplasticpackagingtax@erp-recycling.org.

The UK is also one of the countries covered by Landbell Group’s regulatory tracking service. Find out more about the service here.

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