A tax based on the type and the amount of packaging used
to package goods. The rate would be based on the
environmental impact of producing, using, transporting,
disposing and potential for and systems in place for
recycling or reuse of the packaging. Plastic packaging
would be taxed at a higher rate than glass which would be
taxed at a higher rate than paper/cardboard. Packaging
from fully recycled sources might be exempt - zero tax
rate - or taxed at a discounted rate.
The aim is two fold: firstly to decrease the total amount
of packaging, and secondly to shift the remaining
packaging to materials that are environmentally better or
to reusable packaging or recycled packaging.
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