The Portuguese Government has deferred its new order to collect fee on single-use packaging, for home delivery or take away, until September this year, reported The Portugal News.

From 01 September, the government will charge fee on single-use packaging made of plastic or aluminium, or multi-material packaging comprising plastic or aluminium purchased in ready-to-eat meals.

The fee applied on takeaway plastic packaging is expected to be 0.30 cents, as outlined in the 2021 State Budget. It will be obligatorily listed on the invoice.

As per the order published in Portugal official gazette Diário da República, the fee will be effective on primary packaging. This includes service packaging, for single use for food, made wholly or partially from plastic, of aluminium or multi-material with aluminium or with plastic.

The implementation of government’s order for contribution on single-use packaging has been postponed from initial 01 January 2023.

The order stated: “In this sense (…) it is necessary to extend the period for producing effects established in Ordinance No. 331-E/2021, of December 31, regarding aluminium or multi-material packaging with aluminium, thus benefiting from learning of the contribution that started in the meantime in plastic packaging.”

However, the order excludes charges on beverages packaging. It said: “although they may constitute single-use packaging, it is considered that their application is inappropriate for the isolated purchase of a beverage.”

The order has been signed by Portugal Secretary of State for Tax Affairs, Nuno Félix and the Secretary of State for the Environment and Energy João Galamba.

According to the order, the beverage packaging fee “also obviates the potential distortion of competition between beverages supplied in establishments and those supplied through vending systems.”