PET-Bottle Nylon – Germany delays plastic tax to 2025 08-01-2024
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Germany delays plastic tax to 2025
The German government has announced the postponement of the new tax on non-recycled plastic packaging, now set to come into effect no earlier than 2025, as opposed to the initially proposed timeline for this year.
The decision was justified by the government’s need for additional time to formulate regulations aimed at minimizing bureaucratic burdens.
The extension is likely influenced by the collective appeal of five associations within the plastic packaging industry, urging federal authorities to permanently withdraw the measure. PET-Bottle Nylon
These associations argue that the tax could prove ineffective or even counterproductive for the environment, ultimately burdening consumers with increased prices for packaged goods.
Martin Engelmann, the director of IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoff Verpackungen, representing German plastic packaging manufacturers, emphasizes the lack of clarity regarding who should pay, for what, and how much, just three weeks after the initial announcement.
Engelmann suggests that the federal government should recognize the impracticality of a populist plastic tax given the dense existing packaging regulations in Germany.
He notes that the tax announcement has already created uncertainty, leading to the suspension of investment decisions and an acceleration of plans to relocate production abroad within the industry. PET-Bottle Nylon
The tax originated from the German government’s decision to make companies pay an 800-euro per ton contribution to the EU to cover the budget gap resulting from the UK’s Brexit.
This tax, applicable to non-recycled plastic packaging waste, has not been passed on to packaging producers by the German government, similar to the approach taken by Italy and many other European countries, funding it within the federal budget.