UK Plastic Packaging Tax - are you ready?

The UK Government is expected to introduce a new tax on plastic packaging from 1 April 2022. Whether you manufacture plastic packaging or whether you are an importer of packaged goods the UKs proposed Plastic Packaging Tax could have implications for you.

What do I need to know?

The UK Government has proposed a plastic packaging tax will be introduced from April 2022. It will apply at £200 per tonne to all plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

Plastic packaging manufacturers, packaging importers and importers of packaged goods as well as manufacturers and importers of plastic products used by end consumers for preservation, storage and transport of goods will be liable to register and account for the tax.

The liability to register, complete returns and hold substantial evidence exists even if all materials contain more than 30% recycled plastic.

Affected sectors: Packaging, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Consumer Goods, Industrial Manufacturing

How will this impact me?

The introduction of the new tax will undoubtedly affect the need for systems and processes to collate the necessary operational and business data for compliance, pricing, contracts, and supply chains. These things take time to deal with, which means that you need to start thinking about your strategy for dealing and complying with the tax and how it impacts your wider packaging strategy now.

How can we help?

In our experience, many businesses are already considering their packaging strategy, however often this conversation doesn’t involve the tax team or the data points needed for compliance with the new proposed taxes. The tax team needs to be included in that process so that the impacts of the proposed new tax can be identified, considered and dealt with appropriately.

Our environmental tax specialists can help tax teams to understand the proposed new tax, how it will affect their business, assist with development and implementation of systems and controls necessary to collect the relevant data points for compliance, and help to bridge the gap with sustainability, operational and commercial teams in bringing tax considerations into the formulation of revised packaging strategies.


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Jayne Harrold

Jayne Harrold


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Prinal Nathwani


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