Following the release of the second round of consultation responses, and accompanying draft legislation, businesses will now be expected to put in place necessary adjustments for the introduction of the plastic packaging tax in April 2022.
The plastic packaging tax aims to encourage greater use of recycled plastic and to help tackle plastic packaging waste. The new tax will be delivered separately to the reform of the producer responsibility regulations, but the government believes that the two will complement each other and will provide businesses with the right incentives to recognise the impact of decisions around plastic packaging.
For businesses putting over 10 metric tonnes of plastic packaging into the UK market, either through import or manufactured in the UK, they will be charged £200 per tonne on any plastic packaging that does not contain 30% recycled content.
Clarity Environmental will be supporting their members who will be liable for the tax and providing helpful resources to explain how the tax will work, as well as best practice for preparing now and working with their members to gain further clarity on some of the complexities around the tax.
Jimmy Dorrell, Head of Sustainable Business and Charlotte Briggs, Policy and engagement lead hosted the first webinar to explain some of the key parts of the new legislation covering; businesses who will be obligated, potential costs, materials, data, exports and transport packaging.