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Packaging Tax

A tax based on the type and the amount of packaging used to package goods. The rate would be based on the environmental impact of producing, using, transporting, disposing and potential for and systems in place for recycling or reuse of the packaging. Plastic packaging would be taxed at a higher rate than glass which would be taxed at a higher rate than paper/cardboard. Packaging from fully recycled sources might be exempt - zero tax rate - or taxed at a discounted rate.

The aim is two fold: firstly to decrease the total amount of packaging, and secondly to shift the remaining packaging to materials that are environmentally better or to reusable packaging or recycled packaging.

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