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CIWM chief weighs into landfill tax debate

The chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has written to the Government expressing his concern over the controversial landfill tax hike.

Steve Lee, who heads the professional membership body, told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) the move could reduce recycling, increase fly tipping and costs for councils and companies.

Political pressure is intensifying on the Government to re-think the tax changes, which have seen the tax cost of disposing of certain materials increase 25-fold overnight.

Campaigners have threatened to drive skips into central London over the weekend to disrupt the Jubilee celebrations.

Lee wrote: “The lack of any notice or staged implementation timetable has provoked a strong response from elements of the waste and resource management industry and has raised a number of serious concerns among the Institution’s professional members.

“It is not clear why this zero notice approach has been taken by HMRC and suggests that insufficient attention has been paid to the impact on the industry and its public and private sector customers.”

He requested an “early meeting” with HMRC over the issue.

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