EU: Overview of “plastics taxes”

“Plastics taxes” are quickly becoming a legislative discussion point in several regions and countries.

“Plastics taxes” are quickly becoming a legislative discussion point.

The use of environmental taxes to drive the sustainability agenda is on the rise and new regulations and legislation are being introduced on a global scale at a rapid pace. 

While a “plastics tax” is not a new concept, it is quickly becoming a legislative discussion point in several regions and countries as governments implement various environmental protection methods to combat climate change and tackle waste and pollution.

Read a December 2022 report [PDF 906 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in the Netherlands that provides an overview of the following aspects of plastics taxes in the European Union:

  • Background
  • Action plan
  • European approach
  • How it works
  • Member states’ contributions
  • Country-specific legislation
  • What it means for business


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