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Busineses warned to review waste practices to avoid landfill tax hike

A waste management firm has advised businesses to review their disposal practices to avoid the impact of increased landfill tax.

The eight pounds a tonne increase came into force on 1 April, taking the tax to £64.

Alex Marland, divisional director for Hills Waste Solutions, has advised businesses to ensure every possible recyclable material is removed from their waste prior to disposal to avoid the increased cost of landfill.

He said: “The main aim should be to ensure your business remains compliant whilst minimising your exposure to landfill tax for the long term.”

Hills has previously received an award from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management for its work with Honda UK to achieve zero waste to landfill.

The rise in landfill tax was confirmed by Chancellor George Osborne in the Budget last month. The rise is the fifth consecutive annual rise of £8.

The tax will rise by a further £8 to £72 a tonne in April 2013. The lower rate for less polluting material remains at £2.50 a tonne.

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