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The UK Government has announced a consultation into its plans to introduce a tax on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

Plastic packaging accounts for around 44% of plastic used in the UK

Plastic packaging accounts for around 44% of plastic used in the UK

The tax, which was first announced during Budget 2018, is scheduled to come into force from April 2022. The consultation follows a call for evidence last year, which highlighted that using recycled plastic is often more expensive than using new plastic.

The call for evidence received a "record" 162,000 responses.

"The government wants to shift the economic incentives involved in the production of more sustainable plastic packaging, encouraging greater use of recycled plastic and helping to reduce plastic waste," the consultation paper said. "This complements the government's proposals for reformed Packaging Producer Responsibility regulations."

According to the Government, plastic packaging accounts for 44% of plastic used in the UK.

The consultation closes on 12 May.

To view and respond to the consultation, click here.

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