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What is the plastic packaging tax?

The Plastic Packaging Tax came into effect on 1st April 2022. It is a tax on plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into, the UK, where the plastic used in its manufacture contains less than 30% recycled plastic. The rate of tax will be £200 per metric tonne on any plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% of recycled plastic. 

The aim of this is taxation is to encourage the use of recycled plastic instead of new plastic in packaging. The hope is that this will generate a drive towards increased levels of recycling and lead to advances in the way the UK manages waste plastic. 

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Who does it affect?

Any business that manufactures or imports 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging over a 12-month period must register. Further information for businesses visit .

What steps can be taken to avoid the tax?

As we currently understand it, the best option is to use plastic packaging that contains at least 30% recycled material in its manufacture. 

Importers of packaging materials are directly responsible for registering with HMRC, reporting, and paying the tax. Even if the plastic strapping contains 30% recycled material and there is no tax to pay, they must still register, report to HMRC and keep documentary evidence.

What can Plastex do to help?

The good news for our distributors is that we have already been producing black hand strap with recycled content for many years, at times this can be with 100% recycled material! With our proven experience working with recycled materials, we are confident of being able to offer the full range of PP and PET tensional strapping with the required recycled content. 

For more information about ensuring your plastic strapping meets the recycled packaging target ahead of the implementation of the tax, please get in touch.
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