UK GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON A TAX ON PLASTIC PACKAGING
Via the Scottish Environmental LINK, NEMT replied to the above consultation,
making the following main points. It¡¦s rather off-piste for Mountain
Views, but I have included it as it provides a glimpse of where government is
moving on the subject of single-use plastics; something that many of us are
This consultation concerns the UK Treasury proposal to introduce a tax on plastic
packaging that contains less than 30% recyclate. This is a world leading proposition
and an important step in policy development to reduce our use of virgin resources
and stimulate the recycling sector. The main points are set out below:
- We support this initiative but a more effective measure would be to tax
the use of virgin materials directly.
- We would like such a tax to apply to all plastic products, not just packaging.
- On packaging, we would like such a tax to apply to other non-plastic packaging.
- On plastic packaging, composite packaging should be included.
- The percentage of recyclate threshold should vary according to the material.
For some materials recycled content is more readily available (Coco
Cola has committed to a recyclate content of 50% by 2020). We ask for a clear
roadmap showing an increase in thresholds over time.
- The tax rate should be set at a level such that it disincentivises the
use of virgin material.
- Imported packaging, filled and unfilled, should be subject to the tax.
- The tax should be applied to the packaging manufacturer and there should
be no exclusions for small operators.
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