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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