Householders face a £30 council tax hike due to the landfill tax, warns the Local Government Association.
From April 1, the amount councils charged in tax for putting householders rubbish into landfill will rise by a quarter, from £32 per tonne to £40 per tonne. The LGA said that this will cost councils and taxpayers £620 million in total (see MRW story).
The LGA is calling for the Government to fulfil its promise to return the money raised through landfill tax to local authorities. It says that this will allow councils to reinvest in improving recycling facilities and diverting waste from landfill.
LGA chairman Paul Bettison said: Landfill tax is quite literally costing councils the earth and this latest rise will only add to the bill. The fear is that householders could ultimately pick up the extra cost. Dumping rubbish in a hole in the ground isnt just bad for the environment, it threatens to hit the council taxpayer in the pocket unless we cut back.
Its more important than ever that people recycle as much as possible. If we dont reduce landfill, councils and council taxpayers could soon face further fines of £150 for every tonne of rubbish that is landfilled above a set amount.
Taxpayers Alliance campaigner Mark Wallace said: This will cause a lot of worrying for a lot of people in this current climate who cannot afford any upward pressure of council tax. Individuals as well as councils feel like they are being clobbered by the Government and European Union regulations, that they do not have any say on.
The same people who say landfill tax is marvellous also bemoan the fact that we send so much stuff to landfill. The landfill tax is not so great as they pretend I remained to be convinced.
The market for recycled materials has gone down a lot recently and councils cannot sell as much as they used to. We have to ask if this system is really working.
We need a structure with incentives for rewarding people for recycling and not one that beats them up with a stick this is not a healthy way for a state to behave.