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Understanding the 2023 Packaging Plastic Tax Rate Changes and Reducing Your Liability

Understanding the 2023 Packaging Plastic Tax Rate Changes and Reducing Your Liability

The UK government recently introduced new regulations regarding the Plastic Packaging Tax, which came into effect from 1 April 2023. Aimed at encouraging businesses to reduce their plastic packaging waste and transition towards more sustainable alternatives, the amendment in terms will significantly change how businesses operate and alter their sustainability practices. In this blog, we will summarise the key information outlined on the official government website regarding the rate change and its implications for businesses.

Understanding the Plastic Packaging Tax

Plastic Packaging Tax

The Plastic Packaging Tax is a tax levied on plastic packaging produced in or imported into the UK, where the plastic packaging has less than 30% recycled content. The tax aims to incentivise the use of recycled plastic and promote a circular economy.

Implemented on 1 April 2023, the rate of the Plastic Packaging Tax has increased from £200 to £300 per metric tonne. This rate applies to plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled plastic content and a total weight of 10 tonnes or more.

Moving beyond virgin plastic

Plastic Packaging Tax - Charges

The rate change serves as a strong incentive for businesses to transition to more sustainable alternatives and increase the use of recycled plastic in their packaging. By adopting environmentally friendly packaging materials, companies can not only reduce their Plastic Packaging Tax liability but also contribute to the reduction of plastic waste and environmental impact. 

Further, by avoiding liability for the costs of virgin plastic use, businesses can safeguard their profitability amidst turbulent economic landscape and mitigate the risks of further increases in the future. 

Eco-friendly packaging: the benefits for businesses


Embracing sustainable packaging solutions offers numerous benefits for businesses. Firstly, it enhances brand reputation by demonstrating a commitment to environmental responsibility. Consumers increasingly prioritise eco-friendly products and are more likely to support companies that align with their values. Secondly, sustainable packaging can lead to cost savings over time by reducing the need for virgin plastic and optimising packaging materials. In a landscape of ongoing eco-innovation, pivoting away from a reliance on virgin plastic also serves a wise strategic move, futureproofing your business in the long term. Additionally, sustainable packaging can help companies meet regulatory requirements, anticipate future legislation, and gain a competitive edge in the market.

To comply with the new Plastic Packaging Tax regulations and transition to sustainable packaging, businesses are encouraged to review their current packaging materials, explore alternative options, and increase the use of recycled content. Collaborating with packaging suppliers and engaging in research and development can help identify innovative solutions that align with sustainability goals.

To learn more about the Plastic Packaging Tax and its implications, businesses can refer to the official government webpage or seek guidance from relevant authorities and experts in the field.

Leverage packaging expertise for better processes and reduced risk


Allpack offers comprehensive packaging services to assist businesses in making informed packaging decisions. Our experienced team provides consultation services to help clients navigate the complexities of sustainable packaging and fulfilment processes. We understand that each business has unique requirements and goals, so we work closely with clients to develop customised solutions that meet their exact use case requirement. Whether it's choosing the right materials, optimising packaging designs, or implementing eco-friendly practices, our expertise ensures businesses can make informed decisions that align with their sustainability objectives. 

If you're interested in learning more about our bespoke solutions and consultations in packing process efficiency, we encourage you to reach out to us today. We are available by phone at 01543 396700, by email at, or you can visit our website at to learn more about our sustainability-driven services and products.