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Campaigners launch e-petition for an incineration tax

Anti-incineration campaigners are petitioning the Treasury to introduce an incineration tax at half the level of the landfill tax escalator.

The e-petition, which was created by independent consultant Keith Kondakor, proposes that a tax on waste sent to landfill could generate around £200m a year. It received more than 100 signatures in its first three days.

Kondakor told MRW that although the petition is unlikely to reach the 100,000-signature threshold to become eligible for debate in the House of Commons, he hopes it will raise awarness of the issue.

He said: “It’s very hard to reach the 100,000 threshold, but it is good that we are starting to get a discussion about incineration tax going. I would like it to reach the thousands because it means this is coming up the radar.

“Incineration is totally untaxed at the moment. It produces lots of carbon dioxide, and we have to have a steer to get towards recycling and better waste treatment.”

The petition is available here.

Readers' comments (2)

  • This effort chimes in with the Economics of Waste document, released alongside Defra's Waste Review, that drew attention to the market failure arising from the lack of a combustion tax in this country [similar taxes are already in place in some other European countries]. At even £40 per tonne, an incineration tax would alter the economics of incineration in favour of reduction, reuse and recycling. And would the cost of an incineration tax fall to waste companies or local authorities?

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  • I note that this petition has received 430 signatures so far...

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