The Treasury has published responses to its consultation on the proposed Plastic Packaging Tax. 

Plastic Packaging Tax is due to take effect from 2022.

The tax is aimed at packaging producers and not end-users. 

Key features of the proposals:

  • This is a tax on unrecyclable plastic packaging content.
  • It appears unlikely to be applied to small producers.
  • Exporters may be given credit on the basis that the government does not wish to stifle business activity. However this is under consideration as there is also no desire to encourage environmentally unfriendly policies.


  • The government announced at Budget 2018 an intention to introduce a new tax on businesses that produce or import plastic packaging which uses insufficient recycled content.

See HM Treasury Consultation:

Plastic Packing Tax: a summary of responses

Plastic Packaging Consultation (closed)

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