In an article published on October 30, 2018, news provider Plastics News Europe (PNE) informed that “[t]he UK government is planning to introduce a new tax on all plastic packaging that does not include at least 30% recycled content.” The tax will be enforced as of April 2022 to allow businesses to adapt to the changes. In addition, a reformed Packaging Producer Responsibility System (PPRS) will be developed with the “aim to make businesses more responsible for the clean-up and recycling costs of their packaging.” The revenues from the packaging tax and the reformed PPRS “will go towards investments to address single-use plastics, waste and litter,” PNE further reported.
Philip Hammond, UK chancellor of the exchequer, stated: “The tax will provide a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of packaging which in turn will create greater demand for this material.”
PNE (October 30, 2018). “UK to introduce plastic packaging tax by 2022.”
Rachel Arthur (October 30, 2018). “UK to introduce plastic packaging tax.” Beverage Daily