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The Finance Committee approved the order imposing a tax on disposable utensils in the amount of NIS 11 per kilo, and it took effect immediately. A lower tax was imposed on paper utensils



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The tax on disposable utensils has been finally approved and entered into force

The Finance Committee approved the order imposing a tax on disposable utensils in the amount of NIS 11 per kilo, and it took effect immediately.

A lower tax was imposed on paper utensils

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Sonia Gorodisky

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 13:15 Updated: 13:23

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The Knesset Finance Committee today (Tuesday) approved the order imposing a tax on disposable utensils.

The order, which implements the government's decision from last August, came into effect a month ago after the signature of Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and imposed a purchase tax on disposable utensils containing plastic at NIS 11 per kilogram. Twice to the consumer to reduce their use due to their being harmful to the environment.



MK Kushnir said at the beginning of the debate: , On our health and on the health of our children and on the children of our children.

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The commission made two major changes to the original order: plastic-coated paper cups will be taxed at lower tax rates, reusable plastic products that are lower than the thickness stipulated in the order will be tax-exempt.



In light of discussions held in the committee, the Tax Authority, in coordination with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, updated the order so that disposable paper containers, which contain a layer of plastic and are heavier than disposable plastic containers in a ratio of 1 to 3.33, the purchase tax will be NIS 3.3 per kg, instead NIS 11 per kg, in order to produce a tax result similar to a disposable container made of plastic-coated paper compared to a disposable plastic container.



It was further explained at the hearing that the application for recognition of a reusable tool in order to obtain a tax exemption will first be made by email to the Ministry of the Environment, in which the importer / manufacturer will be asked to declare the tool reusable, enclosing a certificate of approval from the Standards Institute. Standard for which it is required earlier, regardless of the application). First, he will receive a temporary tax exemption, and after a few days he will receive the firm's final approval if it is a true statement. Subsequently, the e-mail application will be replaced by an online application from the Tax Authority.



Disposable utensils containing plastic are inherently short-lived and quickly turn from a useful product into a waste that causes significant environmental damage and threat to ecosystems and public health which is exposed to micro-plastic particles that disperse in water, soil and air. The imposition of the tax is intended to change consumer behavior flexibly and also conforms to the principle of the “polluter pays” so that anyone who consumes disposable utensils at higher levels will bear the cost of the environmental damage. According to the data, the level of consumption of disposable utensils in Israel is five times higher than in the EU countries and there is a constant increase in their consumption.



It was further updated that tools that meet the condition of a minimum thickness threshold will be excluded from the definition of disposable utensils, for which the Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection confirmed that they are intended for reusable use. Including other products that are not subject to purchase tax, such as napkins and spices, will be taxed only by them and not the package when the standard for taxation is a kilogram of vessel.



The order was recently published in Reshumot, and in view of this the mitigating arrangement has been in force since this hour.

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