The Introduction of Plastic Packaging Tax

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Since the early 1950’s plastic packaging has cast a shadow over almost every other material in terms of its production and use. Plastic packaging has accounted for half of the global plastic waste. [1]

It isn’t just plastic packaging that’s a problem, between 2013 and 2019, 3% of all beach litter was found to be plastic shopping bags. [2] The ability to cope with the growing plastic waste has become an overwhelming task. Only 9% of the plastic waste that has ever been produced has been recycled.

Plastic bags, single-use food containers, and other packaging will be subject to a new tax from April 2022 in the UK. The Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) aims to provide the incentive for businesses and manufacturers to utilize recycled plastics, creating a higher demand for recycled materials instead of new, single-use plastics. As a result, this will see a sharp increase in levels of recycling and collection of plastic waste which would otherwise be sent to landfills.

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