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BHETA’s essential plastic packaging tax guide

UK housewares and small electrical suppliers are invited to a webinar hosted by BHETA (The British Home Enhancement Trade Association) to provide essential information ahead of the plastic packaging tax legislation, which comes into force in April 2022.  The webinar takes place on Wednesday November 10. It is a member event but interested non-members can speak to BHETA member services about attending as a ‘taster session’.

4- Wastepack logoKey speakers, Paul van Danzig and Alyce Morris from BHETA business service provider Wastepack will cover the implications of the tax and how housewares suppliers need to prepare for compliance.

Under the new legislation, from April 2022 all plastic items used in the packaging of products must include a minimum of 30% recycled content, or face taxes of £200 per metric tonne of chargeable plastic packaging components.  All suppliers whose products include any plastic component – recycled or not – must submit details to HMRC from April 2022. There is then a threshold for payment of taxes.

BHETA marketing manager, Steve Richardson who co-ordinated the lobbying initiative explains: “The amended legislation follows the principle BHETA championed that ‘single use plastics’ are much more challenging for the environment than ‘multi-use’ products.  In accordance with this, members need to be aware that any plastic packaging or single use items for home and garden will be liable to the plastic packaging tax. The draft legislation also sets out that single use plastic items for home use, such as carrier bags and plastic cups, are within the scope of the tax.”

5 - BHETA logoChief operating officer of BHETA Will Jones adds: “When this draft legislation was originally made public for consultation, it was made clear that the tax framework that was conceived, and previously presented, as a measure ‘to encourage the use of recycled plastic … within packaging.’  This is entirely laudable, but to comply, it is vital that suppliers understand both the scope and the reporting processes in detail, as well of course as the financial implications. This BHETA event will clarify all these points.”

*  To find out more, contact Zara Miah at the BHETA member services team on 0121 237 1130 or alternatively, email on


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