U.K. to Tax Plastic Packaging


The 2018 U.K. budget included a provision to tax non-recyclable plastic packaging. This would apply to both domestic and imported product. The criterion for taxation will be less than 30 percent recycled material. According to Phillip Hammond the Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to the U.S Treasury Secretary), the tax will “transform the economics of sustainable packaging”.

Prime Minister Theresa May has committed Britain to eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042.