The United Kingdom government has announced a new plastic packaging tax in a bid to reduce plastic waste. Starting April 2022, the tax will be applied to plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.
The tax rate will be £200 per metric tonne of packaging, which does not meet the minimum threshold. This is part of the government’s plan to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042.
The UK government estimates that the tax will generate £280 million ($363 million) annually, which will be invested in waste reduction programmes.
The announcement has been welcomed by environmental groups, who have been calling for stronger measures to address the problem of plastic pollution.
The new tax is expected to encourage businesses to create more eco-friendly packaging, as well as increasing the use of recycled materials in packaging manufacture.
Many large corporations have already made commitments to reduce their plastic use, but this tax is aimed at encouraging smaller businesses to follow suit. The government has also pledged to work with industry to develop new technologies to reduce plastic waste.
The tax will be implemented in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is part of a wider government strategy to create a more sustainable economy.