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Extended Producer Responsibility and the introduction of the Plastic Packaging Tax – Are you ready?

31st March 2021

Emily Baker

Extended Producer Responsibility and the introduction of the Plastic Packaging Tax – Are you ready?

The introduction of the UK plastic tax is confirmed to take place from April 2022, whilst the 10-week consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, due to launch in 2023, has just begun; both regulatory changes are expected to greatly impact obligated packaging producers.

The aim of the plastic tax is to encourage recycled content to be used in plastic packaging placed on the UK market and will affect importers and manufacturers of plastic packaging. From the 1 April 2022, plastic packaging components manufactured in and imported into the UK will be liable for a specific material tax where it does not meet a minimum recycled content of 30% by weight.

Comply Direct can support you in calculating potential plastic tax liability and reducing future plastic tax costs, ensuring you know what you need to do as a liable business.

To access our UK Plastic Packaging Tax fact sheet please click here

To access our UK Plastic Packaging Tax FAQ's please here

Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging introduces a further obligation for the business placing material on the market, to pay the full net costs of the collection, sorting, recycling, and disposal of packaging waste.

To access the full consultation, click here

Compliance costs under the new EPR packaging regulations could increase significantly and the modulation of fees will make the environmental performance of packaging impact its compliance cost. Packaging that is not considered 'widely recyclable' is more likely to have increased costs.

Comply Direct can support businesses and help you understand the impact of EPR on your business to ensure you are ready for EPR and modulated fees.

FREE Webinars

We are running two free webinars where we will firstly summarise the content and aims of the EPR and DRS packaging consultations in detail, explain how they are connected and provide support on responding to government to ensure maximum influence as a packaging producer. Secondly, we are hosting a dedicated plastic packaging tax webinar to help affected businesses prepare ahead of its implementation in April 2022. 

The future of packaging waste in the UK - Joining the legislative dots

Tuesday 13 April at 10am

During this webinar, we will be providing a summary of the latest consultations' on Extended Producer Responsibility and Deposit Return Schemes, with some insight into the third related consultation for Waste Collections Consistency (consultation expected imminently). We will discuss the aims and content, the outcomes of the previous consultations on these areas, and importantly, explain how all three are connected. In addition, we'll share the importance of having your say on this round of consultations as a packaging producer and how best to respond to government to ensure maximum influence.

Click here to register your free place

UK Plastic Packaging Tax - 1 year to implementation

Thursday 29 April at 2pm

During this webinar, we will share what we know so far based on the latest available information from HMRC regarding the specific details of the tax, what liable businesses will need to do to ensure compliance and how Comply Direct can support with calculating potential plastic tax liability and reducing future plastic tax costs.

Click here to register your free place

Please get in touch to find out more by emailing consultation@complydirect.com or calling 01756 794 951.