Carlton Packaging - Plastic Packaging Tax Explained

Prepare for the Plastic Tax

Plastic Tax is a new tax that applies to plastic packaging that is produced in or imported into the UK that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. There will be a charge at a rate of £200 per tonne if the plastic packaging doesn’t contain the required amount.

This will predominantly affect UK manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging, business customers of manufacturers, and consumers who buy plastic packaging or goods in plastic packaging in the UK. It’s estimated that around 20,000 businesses will be impacted by the plastic tax in April 2022.

There are multiple benefits to this tax as it will increase the use of recycled content in plastic packaging, meaning that the manufacturing carbon footprint will be up to four times lower than that of virgin plastics. This will also increase the need for recycled content and will reduce the amount of plastic going into landfill or incineration, therefore improving the UK’s recycling technologies.

There are currently four exemptions to the tax:

    • Plastic packaging that is used in aircraft, ship, and rail goods stores
    • Used as transport packaging on imported goods
    • Used in the immediate packaging of medicinal products
    • That are permanently designated or set aside for use other than for a packaging use

We work with our clients to increase process speed and decrease packaging waste through our loads smarter design. From simple changes to existing packaging materials and processes, to fully integrated equipment and packaging systems, our design team are always on hand to ensure you are using the correct products in your operation.

Contact us today, and we can work with you to conduct a full packaging audit of materials you are currently using, recommending alternative, sustainable solutions that can aid you once the plastic packaging tax comes into place.

We have a range of smarter packaging solutions that can help your business avoid being impacted by the plastic packaging tax that comes into play in April 2022.

Rapisac is a solution to prevent messy packaging benches, reduce waste and increase packing speed.

Tidal Tape is our PCW tape, produced from 70% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Wave Stretch is our PCW palletwrap, with products produced from upwards of 30% recycled plastic content.

Rapicell was designed to replace bubble wrap with a 100% recyclable and biodegradable material.

Papertech provides the strength and durability to stabilise heavy objects and provide the bulk needed for superior cushioning and voidfill.

Bio-Seal X is the ultimate secure solution for sealing corrugated cartons.

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