Plastics tax consultation extension

April 30th, 2020

In the Government’s Budget 2020, it was announced that the tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content will be set at £200 per tonne and will come into force in April 2022.

The tax will apply to manufacturers and importers of unfilled plastic packaging. The scope of the tax will also include the importation of filled plastic packaging.

While the consultation was due to conclude on May 20 2020, in light of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the sector, the decision was made to extend the consultation’s closing date to August 20 2020 in an effort to give all stakeholders an opportunity to contribute.

Executive Director of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), Jacob Hayler, said;

“There is no indication at present that the implementation of this tax is going to be extended and it is vital that it continues to its original timetable, but the additional time should help to ensure that it a range of factors are considered in its design.

It is essential that this tax is carefully designed to avoid unintended consequences and ensure that it meets its objectives of boosting demand for recycled plastics; limiting the UK’s reliance on volatile recycling export markets; and stimulating the domestic reprocessing sector"

If your company is unsure of its plastic packaging’s recycled content please contact our Data Services team for support via


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