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The impact of landfill tax


Landfill tax has existed in the UK since October 1996 and has been slowly increasing as our society and the government grow more aware of the bad impact that sending waste to the landfills has on the environment. The people who are most likely to be affected by the increase of landfill tax are Individuals or companies involved in the disposal of waste in England and Northern Ireland. 

The rate of landfill tax was £86.10 per tonne of standard rated waste and £2.70 per tonne of lower rated waste however this increased during April this year to £88.95 per tonne for standard rated waste and £2.80 per tonne for lower rated waste. With a national shortage of landfill capacity, the UK is reaching a crisis point. The earth’s resources are becoming scarcer and extremely costly to access. Legislation has to be brought in, going beyond a tax to stop linear products from going to landfill, and to encourage the creation of a circular economy, which means that all products can be made into another service at the end of their useful life.

Reducing waste to landfill is absolutely critical to protect the future of our planet, however, the big effect is that there would be a sudden upsurge in the demand for recycling, and it will also make it even more difficult and costly for recycling plants as they face a sudden increase in waste being diverted to them.

Source: CIWM journal online 15th February 2018

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