Find out more about the Plastic Packaging Tax

An overview of the Plastic Packaging Tax

What is the Plastic Packaging Tax?

The Plastic Packaging Tax will take effect from 1st April 2022. The intention of the tax is to provide an economic incentive encouragaging the use of  packaging which includes recycled material. It will apply to plastic packaging items produced in (or imported into) the UK that do not contain at least 30% recycled plastic.

What definition of plastic packaging is being used?

Plastic packaging is defined in draft legislation as packaging that is predominantly plastic by weight. IE: A packaging item that is 55% plastic and 45% other materials will be considered to be plastic packaging for the purposes of the tax. The fine detail of what constitutes packaging is still under consideration but products stocked by Cambrian are clearly within the scope of the tax. 

Who will be liable to pay the tax? 

Any UK company manufacturing or importing plastic packaging items and  supplying it to the UK market will be liable to pay the Plastic Packaging Tax on products that contain less than 30% recycled plastic.

What is the tax rate? 

Independently of the cost of the packaging item, the tax is applied by weight at £200 per tonne.

Will plastic packaging costs change?

It is the Government’s intention that companies liable to pay the Plastic Packaging Tax will calculate the cost and include this on sales invoices.

What steps can be taken to avoid the tax?

The only option is to use plastic packaging that contains at least 30% recycled plastic in its manufacture. 

What can Cambrian do to help?

We are currently rolling out a range of stock packaging that contains 30% recycled material where viable. The first addition to this new Zero Plastic Packaging Tax range is the 250ml Natural Boston Bottle in 30% PCR. The HDPE material makes this a fully recyclable plastic bottle and the PCR inclusion gives zero Plastic Packaging Tax liability. The bottle consists of 30% PCR/ 70% standard HDPE and features the classic Boston shoulder. The 24/410 neck finish allows combination with a huge range of closures and dispensers. This design is easy to fill and label and is often used for products sold into the retail setting.

We’ll keep customers updated as more products become available.

For more information about how we can help your brand to achieve its recycled packaging targets ahead of the implementation of the tax, call our experts on 01686 611 360.

Tip: We also stock some products made with Ecycle™ which is totally Plastic Packaging Tax exempt as this material is fully recycled HDPE. View our range of products exempt from the tax by clicking the button.

For more information about how we can help your brand to achieve its recycled packaging targets ahead of the implementation of the tax, call our experts on 01686 611 360.

Tip: We also stock some products made with Ecycle™ which is totally Plastic Packaging Tax exempt as this material is fully recycled HDPE.

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