EU to introduce non-recycled plastic levy as part of Covid-19 recovery plan

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The EU’s Covid-19 recovery plan has set out the intention to launch a non-recycled plastic levy from 1 January 2021.

In a document outlining the €750 million deal agreed by leaders of EU Member States to boost its economies, it shows that an €0.80 per kilogram levy will be placed on plastics that aren’t recycled.

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The funds from this will be raised by Member States and are likely to be used to provide revenue to the European Commission’s EU Budget.

In a section titled New Own Resources the recovery plan document said: “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 will be introduced and apply as of 1 January 2021 composed of a share of revenues from a national contribution calculated on the weight of non-recycled plastic packaging waste with a call rate of €0.80 per kilogram with a mechanism to avoid excessively regressive impact on national contributions.”

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