The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) has called on members to respond to the government’s consultation on a Single Use Plastics Tax with the deadline approaching.

The UK Government budget in 2018 declared the intent to introduce a new tax “to encourage the use of recycled plastic” and submissions are due to close on Thursday.

The AVA said maximum impact for the AVA submission is greatly dependent on members responding in numbers. “The more submissions received by HMRC, the greater the impact. Numbers are key, with NGOs sending their response to their members to top and tail. Please remember every single response is read.”

The AVA Environment Committee has been preparing the body’s submission which members can use to make their own.

It said: “You can use this to make your own. Simply extract the information from our document (AVA Plastic Packaging Tax Consultation Response 20-08-20), add your own company name instead of the AVA and make your own submission using the document which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/plastic-packaging-tax-policy-design.

“Whether your business is directly involved with plastic packaging and product or not, this is your industry. This is your chance to make your voice heard.

“With the potential of a £200 per tonne tax on all plastics containing less than 30% recycled material (and the EU calling for an €800 per tonne levy), this will have an obvious impact on our industry,” the AVA said.

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