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Introduce a new levy to increase recyclable plastics in packaging

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...and will introduce a new levy to increase the proportion of recyclable plastics in packaging.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.43

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to bring in a new tax aimed at increasing the use of recyclable plastics in packaging. 
  • There has been action on a new tax regarding ‘recycled’ plastics in packaging, planned to take effect from April 2022 – the March 2020 Budget committed to it and launched a consultation, and the Finance Act in July 2020 enabled spending on its introduction – but we found nothing on this promise which focuses specifically on ‘recyclable’ plastics in packaging.
  • In July 2020, the EU agreed a new levy on “non-recycled plastic waste” which would meet the requirements of this pledge, but as far as the UK government is concerned, this policy is ‘not started’. 

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