Plastic Packaging Tax

To stimulate demand for recycled plastic material and increase UK recycling

The implementation of the new Plastic Packaging Tax will incentivise businesses to use a greater proportion of recycled material in the production of plastic packaging, which will increase demand for this material. In turn, we will see an increase in plastic waste collection and recycling, diverting it away from landfill or incineration.

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What is the Plastic Packaging Tax?

This new tax, which will come into force in April 2022, is likely to affect:

  • UK manufacturers of plastic packaging
  • Importers of plastic packaging

NOTE: Costs may be passed through the supply chain.

The tax will apply to plastic packaging produced in, or imported into, the UK, that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic, from April 2022.

The tax will apply to plastic packaging on a per component basis. Multi-material components will be classed as plastic packaging if they are predominantly plastic by weight.

Exported primary and secondary packaging will be relieved. Imported transport / tertiary packaging is exempt. All reusable transport / tertiary packaging in circulation prior to the April 2022 implementation of the tax is exempt.

Plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content will be taxed at £200/tonne.

All liable packaging will be taxed at £200/tonne unless liable businesses can provide valid evidence that the packaging in question contains sufficient recycled content.

Act now!

If you think your business may be affected by the Plastic Packaging Tax, it is important to act now:

  • Use our Plastic Packaging Tax Liability Calculator for an indicative cost forecast
  • Understand the composition of your plastic packaging down to component level
  • Collect and reconcile data relating to the amount of recycled content in each component
  • Identify opportunities to increase the amount of recycled content to the 30% level

Taking these steps ahead of the implementation of the Plastic Packaging Tax will help to reduce the financial impact on your business.

Be Prepared

How Valpak can help

We can help your business to meet the requirements of the Plastic Tax with our four step process:

  • Gather recycled content data
  • Collect valid evidence of recycled content in packaging components
  • Produce quarterly tax returns
  • Use data to explore alternative packaging and supplier options

Contact us for a quote and / or for further information by calling one of our expert advisors on 03450 682 572, emailing or by completing our online enquiry form.

Why Valpak?

Our 24 years’ experience means we have the data knowledge and systems in place to help you with all of the actions above, and we can provide you with a clear view of your business's product and supplier data. We will also help you to engage with your suppliers.

Our Data Insights Platform offers visibility of all packaging handled within your business, making this data easy to digest and analyse. It will enable you to quickly identify which plastic materials contain less than 30% recycled content, so you can make changes and avoid a significant financial burden.

Enquiry form

To find out more about how we can help your business to prepare for the Plastic Packaging Tax, come to one of our free events, contact one of our experts on 03450 682 572 or complete our enquiry form.




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Other legislation that could affect you

The Plastic Packaging Tax is only one aspect of the legislation proposed under the packaging reform. Visit our Deposit Return Systems and Extended Producer Responsibility pages for further information.