Is PPT and the expected impact of  Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging ("pEPR") driving the wrong behaviours?  The price of some recycled plastic is already almost as much per tonne as virgin plastic material. For those businesses which are struggling to increase the recycled content of certain components above 30%, an alternative method of avoiding the new tax is switching to fibre: This latest Footprint article suggests that “the direction of travel will continue to be replacement [of plastic with fibre packaging]”.

Every week, the Clean Energy, Waste & Sustainability team at Freeths  receives more requests for advice on the application of PPT and the likely impact of pEPR. Call or email Kirstin Roberts if you need more information.