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.