The UK’s new tax on plastic packaging presents a ‘real boost’ for the circular economy and recycling infrastructure, according to sustainability experts at Bureau Veritas.
Earlier this month, in his first Budget as Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced that from April 2022, the UK will introduce a new plastics packaging tax. The levy means manufacturers and importers whose products have less than 30% recyclable material will be charged £200 per tonne. The move is designed to increase the use of recycled plastic in packaging by 40%, which according to the government is “equal to carbon savings of nearly 200,000 tonnes”.
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