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Tackling Packaging Waste + Plastic Tax

Following a scourge of criticism by the public and the media, it comes as no surprise that Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) have become a central target of the EU’s ongoing goals to regulate and reduce resource use, waste, and pollution.

For those in packaging manufacturing, retail and waste management, the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan and Green Deal are of particular relevance. These two initiatives are at the core of the EU’s environmental strategy that aims to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, empower consumers to make green choices and move towards a less wasteful economy through more circular initiatives.

The EU has implemented a plastic tax/contribution to raise money from member states to support the Covid recovery. They apply a levy at a state level of €800/tonne on virgin plastic. In addition a number of countries including Spain and Italy, apply nation-specific taxes.

A key action for the SUPD is to make recycling profitable for business and the UK Plastic Packaging Tax is the nation’s transposition of the Directive as a key goal is to increase the demand for recycled plastic content and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

The UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax

It's not easy for businesses to understand the real commercial implications of this new policy - current data is often vague and lacks crucial specificity