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Rick Asbury

Rick Asbury
13 March 2020

Understanding The New Plastic Packaging Tax

Budget 2020 was recently announced by Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and with the announcement we have seen the introduction of a new plastics tax, set to be enforced by April 2022.

Plastic Packaging Tax 2020

The new Plastic Packaging Tax, which was originally announced as a guideline in 2018, will see the implementation of a charge of £200 per tonne of plastic packaging introduced into the UK economy that includes less than 30% recycled content. The move is expected to incentivise and encourage the use of recycled plastic and the Government are expecting the amount of recycled packaging to rise by 40% as a direct correlation of this new tax.

There are a number of exemptions included with this announcement including a 12-month exemption for businesses that manufacture or import less than 10 tonnes of packaging a year to allow for a better understanding of the financial burdens. Packaging such as pallet wrap will also be exempt from the tax if it is used to import goods, however this brings its own complexities as third-party agents and others can convolute a supply chain.

The move is expected to incentivise and encourage the use of recycled plastic and the Government are expecting the amount of recycled packaging to rise by 40% as a direct correlation of this new tax.


There have been no planned exemptions for exported goods, however this is part of the Government’s ten-week consultation plan to finalise the details.

It’s important to note that regardless of the consultation, this plastics tax will always be under review and could be subject to rising as time continues.

We know how time-consuming these regulations can be to make sense of, and it isn’t always as easy as simply checking if you comply or not. Maxpack offer plastic packaging consultation services to assess how this will affect your business operations, and offer solutions to dealing with the new Plastics Packaging Tax as well as packaging solutions that will re-think how you use plastic.

Need help preparing for this tax?

Get in touch today to discuss how your packaging future can benefit from the plastic packaging tax:

Sales & Support: 01743 242900
Email: sales@maxpack.co.uk

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