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Italy delays plastic taxes until 2023

October 22/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The introduction of contested taxes on plastic and sugary drinks has been postponed for a fifth time and will not now come into force until 2023, said Reuters.

Italys much-delayed EUR450/tonne Plastics Packaging Tax has been postponed until 2023. A press release from the Council of Ministers following their meeting to approve the Budget planning document for 2022 confirmed the tax will be postponed until 2023, along with a sugar tax.

The tax has been delayed several times it was supposed to be implemented on 1 January 2022 according to several recyclers in the country so this postponement will most likely not come as a surprise to the plastics industry.

The tax will be payable by packaging producers, with recycled plastics and compostable biodegradable plastics set to be exempt. According to local press, several industrial associations and trade unions in Italy, as well as political parties and ministers within the current government had been calling for a postponement or even cancellation of the tax.

A similar tax is expected to come into force in Spain in February 2022, while the UK will introduce a ?200/tonne Plastics Packaging Tax from April next year.

Earlier it was reported that the Italian government planned to introduce a tax on plastic packaging in the country in the amount of EUR450 per tonne in January 2022.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:APET-granulate, PET-granulate, containers/disposable tableware, disposable tableware, disposable packaging, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms, recycling, sustainable development, Italy, Russia.
Category:General News
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