Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT)

From 1st April the UK Government introduced a new tax on plastic packaging.

Whether you manufacture plastic packaging, or you import packaged goods you may be affected by the new PPT.

The aim of this tax is to incentivise the use of recycled material, rather than the production of single use, or new plastic packaging. 

The Primary legislation was set out in the Finance Act 2021 Part 2. It clearly states that the tax will apply at a rate of £200 per tonne on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled plastic content. This goes for any manufactured or imported plastic packaging for commercial use. 

The secondary legislation can be found in The Plastic Packaging (Description of Products) Regulations 2021 and The Plastic Packaging Tax (General) Regulations 2022

Find out more about which plastics qualify for PPT, how to register if you are required to and the next steps to take, all on the Government website.

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