The Greek government has declared that a new tax on “recycling” plastic containing PVC would be implemented on June 1, 2022. The fee will be collected and remitted to the government’s coffers only to fund recycling initiatives.

The levy, or “recycling fee,” is set at 0.08 euros per package of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a substance that cannot be recycled.

Companies must state at the points of sale of their items, in a conspicuous location to the buyer, that these products are subject to a fee, as well as the amount of the cost.

Customers will notice a fee of 0.08 euros on their receipts, which will also be subject to Value Added Tax, resulting in an additional charge of 10 cents.

According to the relevant explanatory memorandum, “from 1 June 2022, there will be a recycling fee for plastic bottles labeled with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), to discourage their use, because it is not technically possible to separate the label [material] and thus their recycling.”

The “recycling fee” primarily applies to plastic bottles labeled with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is based on an EU Directive (Paragraph 1 of Article 4 of Directive 94/62/EC as amended by Paragraph 3 of Article 1 of Directive (EU) 2018/852).

From 1 June 2022, makers and importers of items whose packaging contains polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are barred from affixing a recyclability mark on the packaging itself or on its label, among other things, according to the relevant ministerial directive.

The new “fee” is in addition to the recently enforced environmental levies for plastic in coffee to go, food delivery, and other plastic packaging in Greece, which have been in effect since January 1, 2022.

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