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Act now and plan ahead

Act now and plan ahead

With just a year to go until the introduction of the Government’s Plastic Packaging Tax, one of Europe’s leading packaging suppliers, Southgate Packaging, is urging logistics businesses to take stock and prepare now, to avoid incurring additional costs.

The tax, which is due to come into force in April 2022, will apply to plastic packaging produced in or imported into the UK, which does not contain at least 30 per cent recycled plastic, only excluding packaging which is not predominantly plastic by weight.

The new measure is estimated to affect up to 20,000 producers and importers of plastic packaging and is predicted to have the highest impact on the waste and recycling sector since landfill tax was introduced.

As an industry leader, with a wide customer base ranging from over 600 distributors across Europe to a portfolio of large e-commerce clients and those specialising in warehousing and logistics, Southgate is well placed to raise awareness of the upcoming tax change and lead the way in providing solutions on how best to prepare.

To minimise the increased cost implications, Southgate recommend businesses start preparing immediately by collating a list of packaging containing plastic material, specifying the amount of recycled content and reviewing alternatives if needed.

Craig Turner, Managing Director at Southgate Packaging, said: “This new legislation will have a huge impact yet, it is a change that we at Southgate welcome as it aligns with our wider strategy to increase our volume of sustainable packaging solutions.”

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26 April 2021, 18:31