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China has been enacting a plastic waste import ban since 1 Jan, 2018.
China has been enacting a plastic waste import ban since 1 Jan, 2018.

The European Union (EU) plans to propose a tax on plastic bags and packaging following China's ban on imported plastic waste since 1 Jan of this year, and the details of how to apply the tax are still to be decided, according to a report of Bloomberg.

What we wish to do is reduce the total volume of plastic in the environment,” EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in Brussels. “We are going to be proposing the possibility of introducing a tax on plastics to incentivize the reduced use of plastic packaging.”

We have to look how this can best be approached -- would it be manufacturers who would have to pay up at the beginning of the production cycle, or would it be at the end of the consumption chain,” Oettinger explained.

As reported, Oettinger remarked that the move by China to ban imports of plastic waste and other scrap for recycling had urged the EU’s plan. The Union has to ensure that a reduction of plastic used in the region.

China has been the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials, accounting for about half of the world’s plastic scrap imports. Chinese restrictions from January could pose big challenges to the European countries’ recycling efforts and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry.

According to The Independent, the proposed new EU-wide tax on plastics is also a move to help plug a £20 billion shortfall in the bloc’s finances after the UK leaves and stops making budget contributions.

Brexit is set to leave a £11.5 billion annual funding gap because of Brexit. The UK had the second highest net contribution behind Germany.

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