What is the Plastic Packaging Tax 2022?

What is the Plastic Packaging Tax 2022?

In 2021, the UK Government published details of a new plastic packaging tax (PPT) that would come into effect from April 2022. This new tax will help encourage the use of recycled plastic packaging material, reusing responsibly, and directing more plastic away from the landfill pile. With COP26 still in the minds of many, and the majority of businesses taking a greener approach to operations, the plastic packaging tax is just another step in supporting the governments “A Green Future” plan.

As per the government’s guidelines, “This is a new tax that will apply to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. Plastic packaging is packaging that is predominantly plastic by weight. It will not apply to any plastic packaging which contains at least 30% recycled plastic, or any packaging which is not predominantly plastic by weight.
Imported plastic packaging will be liable to the tax, whether the packaging is unfilled or filled”.


Who will be effected by the Plastic Packaging Tax?

Anyone who imports or manufactures 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging within a 12-month period. If you fall into this category, then you must register for PPT. You can register here, and you need to continue to apply via tax return every 3 months.


When does PPT take effect?

This will take effect from Friday 1st of April 2022.


What Packaging is Exempt?

  • Transit packaging used for bringing goods into the UK
  • Any packaging that is termed as long-term storage products. This is more like toolboxes, first aid boxes etc – warehouse pick bins etc are still eligible
  • Products designed to be re-used for the presentation of product
  • Packaging that will be used to export out of the country again


How can Exporta Help?

We aim to increase the recycled material content in most of our products where possible. By doing so, the PPT will not apply. 98% of our pallets are made from recycled materials, and 100% of our plastic pallets can be recycled. All our plastic pallets come with an Eco Grade rating too. This helps to understand the environmental impact of the chosen pallets. Read more about our dedication to a Green Supply Chain.

Speak with one of our team to find the best plastic pallet solution for you on 0800 294 4394 or contact us here.

Kayleigh Waters 29/03/22


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