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Ireland to increase landfill tax in 2010

The Irish Government has announced that it will introduce an incineration levy and increased landfill tax next year.

It is part of a range of waste management policies recommended in a report called International Report of Waste Management policy published by Minister for the Environment John Gormley.

Landfill tax will increase to €30 per tonne by 2010, to €50 in 2011 and to €75 in 2012. Gormley said: Earlier this year the Government also decided to introduce an incineration levy. While the actual rate of the levy will need to relate to the rates of landfill levy which I have just announced I do envisage that the incineration levy will be in the range of €20 to €38 per tonne.

The report was compiled by a group of Irish and international consultants led by Dr Dominic Hogg from Eunomia Research and Consulting.

Speaking at the launch (19/11/09), Gormley said: I was determined that our review of waste management should be a root and branch one, and it is. The Eunomia report provides a blueprint for change.  Changing the way we collect and treat our waste will benefit not just our environment, but also our economy. It will create jobs in new waste industries. It will enhance competitiveness of the wider economy as a whole. It will drive innovation which in turn will drive job creation.

The scope of the study included:

 Identifying possible changes to policy at national level in order to assist Ireland to move towards a sustainable resource and waste policy including minimising the creation of waste and self-sufficiency in the reuse and recycling of materials, and

 Examining the legal, institutional, and organisational arrangements currently in place and analysing potential changes which could assist in achieving Irelands policy goals, and meeting national and international obligations.

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