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Plastics: Taxation

Question for Treasury

UIN 143651, tabled on 21 March 2022

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the inclusion of chemical recycling in the forthcoming Plastic Packaging Tax with Recycling Standard, BS EN 15343:2007.

Answered on

29 March 2022

Following two consultations in 2019 and 2020 on the design of Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT), the Government decided that chemically recycled plastic will be an allowable source of recycled plastic for the purpose of the Tax. Industry recognised standards were considered as part of this consultation process and in the development of the definition of recycled plastic contained within Section 49 Finance Act 2021.

The Government has published the anticipated environmental impact of the Plastic Packaging Tax in a Tax Information and Impact Note. This is available here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-plastic-packaging-tax-from-april-2022/introduction-of-plastic-packaging-tax-2021.

HM Treasury has, and continues to, engage closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on various aspects of the Tax, including on chemical recycling.

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