What is the UK Plastic Tax?
Plastic packaging manufactured in the UK or imported into the UK that contains less than 30% recyclates will in future be taxed at a flat rate of 200 British pounds (approx. EUR 235) per ton.
What counts as plastic packaging?
Plastic packaging is packaging that is predominantly made of plastic by its total weight. The new tax is levied on imported plastic packaging, regardless of whether it is empty or filled.
Who is affected by the new tax?
- Plastic packaging manufacturers in the United Kingdom
- Importers of plastic packaging
- Business clients of plastic packaging manufacturers and importers
Does evidence need to be provided?
Yes, affected companies must report the total weight and recycled content of their plastic packaging to the UK government’s tax department on a quarterly basis.