Why the Treasury’s plastic tax needs refining

The government’s new proposals for taxing plastic have been well received but sticking points remain with producers claiming unfair costs would need to be passed on to consumers. Conor McGlone reports

Businesses as well as green groups have broadly welcomed the plastic tax proposals set out in last week’s Budget. The Treasury announced it planned to charge manufacturers and importers £200 per tonne on packaging made of less than 30% recycled plastic from April 2021. It also launched a second consultation, which includes details on the scope of the tax.

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