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The EU Plastics Levy and its implementation across Europe

Emma Trevor
Jul 20, 2021


On 1 January 2021, the European Union introduced a levy on non-recycled plastic packaging waste. The levy will be charged to EU Member States at €800 per tonne with revenue generated contributing towards post-pandemic recovery.

Europe Passport

It is now up to each individual country whether to establish regulatory measures in order to cover this cost. Each country will need to decide if the levy will be paid out of the national budget or passed onto the supply chain.

Over coming weeks, Valpak’s team of International Account Managers will be bringing you updates detailing how specific member states have chosen to implement the levy.

Our ‘Plastic Tax Passport’ blog series will provide guidance so you can establish where and how your business may be affected, what packaging will be included in the taxes, if there will be additional reporting requirements and also how the differing implementations will affect the markets you trade in.

Next week, Emma Trevor, Valpak’s International Account Manager, will explore the plastic tax requirements in Italy. Keep an eye on our website and social media platforms to find out more...

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