The Plastic Packaging Tax is being introduced by the UK Government in April 2022 in an attempt to encourage us all to use more recycled plastic.

What is plastic packaging tax?

Plastic Packaging Tax only applies to manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging components which contain less than 30% recycled plastic. Large companies who manufacture or import plastic packaging will be liable to pay tax on products which do not contain at least 30% recycled plastic.

To find out more information reference the plastic packaging tax and whether you need to register for the tax please visit the Government website:

Officeworx sourced products

As a result, more and more of the packaging products we supply will now be at least partially recycled. Many of our packaging lines such as refuse sacks are already produced from recycled materials. Products such as polythene bags, gripseal bags, stretch film and layflat tubing, which are traditionally made from virgin material, will become more widely available in recycled formats. This is great news for the environment and in many cases there will be very little visual difference in the products themselves. Some products however, will be noticeably different.For example, the recycled bubble wrap which we are already supplying has a distinct dusty grey colouration which is noticeably different from the clear bubble wrap made from virgin material. We believe this is a positive difference and can work in a business’ favour as the colour difference screams RECYCLED.

We understand the importance of the new tax, which provides a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in their plastic packaging, which in turn encourages increased levels of recycling and collection of plastic waste. If you need product support in sourcing the correct specification for your packaging requirement, contact the Officeworx team on 01242 584901 or email


Check out the infographic covering a range of Plastic Tax FAQ’s such as:

          • What is the definition of a plastic packaging component?
          • Who is liable for the Tax?
          • Are any plastic packagin products currently exempt from the plastics tax?
          • What qualifies as recycled content?

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