Government impending taxation

How and why the RPR will work?

In the 2018 budget, the UK Government announced its intention to tax businesses that produce, or import, plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content, taking effect from April 2022.

The impending tax provides a clear, economic incentive for businesses to use recycled materials in the production of plastic packaging.

The RPR presents a solution for the clear identification and display of the recycled content in any given piece of plastic packaging: helping government fairly identify those who should be subject to taxation, and those exemplars who should not.

The Methodology

This follows guidelines as stated by the UK Government, WRAP and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The UK Plastics Pact targets, as laid out in August 2019 (led by WRAP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation) are as follows:

  1. Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery model
  2. 100% of plastics packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  3. 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
  4. 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

The Motive

Why should I get involved?

Participating companies can show that they exceed the government’s minimum prescribed 30% target, thus avoiding the taxation in 2022.

Your company will also avoid the risk of losing the market share to progressive brands.