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Industry welcomes clarity on trommel fines testing regime

Confirmation from the Treasury on threshold levels for the upcoming testing regime for trommel fines has met with the support of the waste and recycling industry.

Loss on ignition (LoI) testing on waste resulting from recycling processes, grit and screenings will be introduced from April 2015 to assess whether they are eligible for the lower rating of landfill tax.

As part of the Autumn Statement, it was confirmed that for the first 12 months, a LoI threshold of 15% will be in place. This will then be reduced to 10%.

The skip hire trade body Uroc, which had long campaigned for the establishment of a transitional period, said it was delighted the Government had listened to their request.

“The group will continue to work on these measures and we hope there will be some more indication that the government will guarantee consistency across LoI tests with a second sample taken if the first is challenged,” said a Uroc spokesperson.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) said the transitional period will give those some companies with “borderline compliant fines” the opportunity to modify their processes to meet the new standard. 

“It is important to remember that robust enforcement by HM Revenue and Customs will be required to ensure that the new system works and is not abused,” said Sam Corp, head of regulation at the ESA.

He added the association was pleased that as a result of the announcement all operators had a definitive date by which to comply with the LoI testing requirement.  

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