Consultation launched on plastic packaging tax

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At Budget 2020 (11th March), the government announced key decisions it has taken for the design of the Plastic Packaging Tax.

In light of stakeholder responses to Defra's previous consultation on plastic packaging tax in 2019, HMRC are now seeking further views on areas of the tax which have been further refined as we move closer to the implementation date of April 2022.

The Plastic Packaging Tax, which from April 2022, will apply to plastic packaging manufactured in or imported into the UK containing less than 30% recycled plastic. This will help to increase supply of plastic waste for recycling.

Farmers use a wide range of packaging products throughout their businesses such as egg boxes, milk bottles, plant pots, fertiliser bags, compost bags and pesticide drums.  The NFU believes that this consultation may impact members who use packaging within the following sectors:

  • egg packers,
  • horticulture,
  • dairy processing.

The government’s 2018 call for evidence highlighted that using recycled plastic is often more expensive than using new plastic, despite its lower environmental impacts. The government wants to encourage the sustained use of more recycled plastic in the production of plastic packaging to help tackle plastic waste. This will help to drive the treatment of plastic waste up the waste hierarchy so that more plastic is recycled rather than being sent to landfill or incineration, to improve resource productivity and make more plastic waste a useful and valued resource.

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The consultation on Plastic Packaging Tax closes on 20th August 2020.

The NFU will be responding to this consultation on behalf of it’s members. Those who wish to submit comments on the consultation can do so by emailing them to: [email protected]



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