The European Union is to introduce a levy on plastic waste as part of the bloc’s €750 billion coronavirus recovery fund agreement. Proceeds from the tax will go directly to the EU.
From 1st January 2021, a levy of €0.80 per kilogram will be applied for products, “with a mechanism to avoid excessively regressive impact on national contributions”.
A document from the General Secretariat of the Council to Delegations, published on 21st July, states, “The Union will over the coming years work towards reforming the own resources system and introduce new own resources. As a first step, a new own resource based on non-recycled plastic waste will be introduced and apply as of 1 January 2021.”
It continued to say the tax will be “composed of a share of revenues from a national contribution calculated on the weight of nonrecycled plastic packaging waste”.
An agreement on the recovery fund and the EU’s long-term spending plans was reached by heads of state and government at a meeting in Brussels on 21st July.
“A new own resource based on non-recycled plastic waste will be introduced and apply as of 1 January 2021”
Producers will be charged per gram of unrecyclable plastic they use, as opposed to minimum content regulations as proposed in the UK.