Plastic Packaging Tax – Everything you need to know

Plastic Packaging Tax - April 2022

A Plastic Packaging Tax is set to be introduced across the UK in April 2022.

Our latest blog will look at the reasons for implementing this new tax and the impacts it may have on your business.

Why introduce the Plastic Packaging Tax?

The aim of the Plastic Packaging Tax is to increase the use of recycled content in plastic packaging.

69% of those surveyed in a recent YouGov survey thought that all companies should be required by law to use eco-friendly packaging, regardless of whether it would or not it would involve price increases.

By increasing the need for recycled content, it will also reduce the amount of plastic going into landfill or incineration and drive development in domestic recycling technologies.

How will the tax be calculated?

The legislation, which will be implemented from April 2022, will require producers to pay £200 per tonne of plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic and defines plastic packaging as packaging that is primarily plastic by weight.

Imported plastic packaging will also be liable to the tax, regardless of whether it is filled or unfilled.

There will be some exemptions, such as for businesses that manufacture and/or import less than 10 tonnes of packaging within a year, plastic packaging exported from the UK, and packaging used for licensed human medicines.

Who will be affected by the tax?

The tax is aimed at UK producers of plastic packaging, importers of plastic packaging, business customers of producers, importers of plastic packaging and consumers who buy goods in plastic packaging in the UK.

In essence, if you are purchasing plastic packaging without 30% recycled content, you will be paying more as producers and distributors pass the cost of tax on to the end-users.

What is the % recycled content of OUR plastic products?

The measure is predicted to affect approximately 20,000 producers and importers of plastic packaging, and the policy paper anticipates a significant impact on businesses.

How Hub Packaging can help

Hub Packaging is one of Ireland’s largest suppliers of optimised packaging solutions.

We work with clients to help them drive through efficiencies and meet their sustainability targets whilst reducing costs. Our objective is to help you to reduce and eliminate waste.

With the anticipated introduction of the plastic packaging tax, we can offer a range of effective alternatives. Our range of environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging solutions can meet any of your packaging requirements.

Have a look at just some of the products below that we offer.

Contact Hub Packaging today

If you would like to find out more information about our range of eco-friendly products that will help reduce your company’s plastic footprint, contact us today via any of the below:

Phone: 028 4175 4977

Email: sales@hub-packaging

Or shop online using our online store:

Hub Packaging – One solution, one hub.

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