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Are You Ready for the UK Plastic Packaging Tax?

The plastic packaging tax (the ‘Tax’) came into force on 1 April 2022, with UK businesses which produce or import plastic packaging components in quantities of 10 or more tonnes per year affected. However, despite already being in force, research conducted by YouGov, on behalf of Veolia, has found that a high proportion of retail and manufacturing businesses (77% of those surveyed) are still not aware of the Tax.

As businesses gain increased awareness, the Tax is likely to receive a mixed reception. Whilst most would support the Government’s aim of increasing the use of recycled content in plastic packaging components, the Tax comes at a time when 92% of manufacturers and 90% of importers are reporting increased costs. With the introduction of the Tax, those businesses that have not already passed these increased costs on to customers will likely do so, meaning that the Tax may unintentionally add to the cost of living in the UK. This is compounded when one considers that the Tax came into force just five days before the controversial increase in national insurance contributions.

To manage increased costs and to ensure compliance with the law, businesses should pay close attention to the rules of the Tax.

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Oliver Bristow Environmental Law Attorney Squire Patton Boggs Manchester
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Oliver Bristow is an associate in our Environmental, Safety & Health Practice based in our Manchester and Birmingham offices. Oliver specialises in all aspects of environmental, safety and health law. He advises multinational clients on a broad range of environmental and product compliance laws across multiple jurisdictions. Oliver also advises on large transactions with environmental and health and safety considerations, particularly in the energy and real estate sectors. He has particular interests in sustainability, climate change, recycling and chemicals...

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Anita Lloyd Environmental & Sustainability Attorney Squire Patton Boggs Birmingham, UK
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Anita Lloyd specialises in environmental and sustainability matters, including waste, environmental permits, producer responsibility, product compliance and labelling, chemical regulation, asbestos and contaminated land, and climate change law.

Anita advises clients in all sectors but has particular expertise in the chemicals, plastics, automotive, paper and other manufacturing sectors. She regularly advises clients based in the UK, the EU and outside the EU, on environmental and product regulation and its application to their business, products, facilities and supply chains. She...

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