At Budget 2018 the Government announced they would be bringing in a new plastic packaging tax, due to launch on April 1st 2022.
The tax will apply to plastic packaging produced in, or imported into the UK that does not contain a minimum of 30% Post-Consumer recycled content. This has been announced as being £200/tonne on non PCW products.
Read some FAQs on PCW below or our Guide to the Plastics Packaging Tax 2022.
Polythene containing a minimum of 30% PCW reduces the consumption of fossil fuels which are used to produce virgin grade PE. It also reduces the amount of packaging waste sent to landfills, which fills the oceans and pollutes the environment.
In doing this process, we all reduce pollution and single use plastics and ultimately increase recycling.
Post-Consumer waste directly refers to polythene that has served its intended original purpose as a consumer item, is then sent to environmental recovery sites, recycled and reused.
When the waste polythene has been collected/recovered it is washed, shredded and re pelletised into a polymer.
In technical terms, this recycled polymer is then used as the middle layer of a co-extruded film. This doesn't impact on performance or functionality of the finished product and offers mechanically the same properties of more conventional mono layered virgin films.
Even after this process, the product is 100% recyclable.
Uk producers of plastic packaging, importers of plastic packaging, business customers or producers and importers of plastic packaging, and consumers who buy goods in plastic packaging in the UK.
There will be exemptions for producers and importers of small amounts of plastic packaging to mitigate against disproportionate administrative burdens in comparison to tax liability.