The plastic packaging tax consultation responses, accompanied by draft legislation, have been released.
The consultation, which was extended in the spring due to Covid-19 pressures, saw 291 responses submitted across industries affected.
The Plastic Packaging Tax, proposed by government in 2017, will apply from April 2022 to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into, the UK which contains less than 30% recycled plastic.
Several exemptions will be made following the consultation responses, including the immediate packaging of licensed human medicines and packaging used to transport imported goods.
The government has confirmed that the de minimis will be 10 tonnes, which could capture a significantly larger proportion of businesses currently subject to packaging legislation.
The tax will seek to provide a ‘clear economic incentive’ for businesses to use recycled material in the production of plastic packaging, which will create greater demand for this material.