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Italian govt decides to revise tax proposal on plastic packaging

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 28/11/2019 (14:06)
According to media sources, the Italian government has decided to revise the proposed tax on plastic packaging after coming under pressure from the industry participants.

The proposed tax, which calls for a levy of €1000 per ton of plastic packaging, was included in the draft budget for 2020 while it needs the approval of the parliament by December 31, 2019.

Government sources indicated that the tax may be halved, which will be reduced from €1 per kilogram to 50 cents, in a bid to reduce the impact on the plastics industry.

The measures are also intended to encourage recycling and tackle plastic pollution. It intends to cover some of the expenses incurred to convert plants to the production of recyclable and compostable products. The exemption of bioplastics from the proposed tax, which was already brought forward, and plastic packaging containing at least 60% of recycled material were within the scope of the amendments.
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