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Landfill Tax rise may help new technologies uptake: Defra official

Landfill Tax may continue to rise beyond 2010 in order to help the uptake of new technologies, according to a leading Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) official.

At the MRW-organised Alternative Waste Treatment Technologies conference Defra Waste Implementation Programme head of new technologies Dave Brooks predicted Landfill Tax will rise above the £48 cut-off in 2010 that the Chancellor Gordon Brown unveiled in his Budget in March.
Currently, the Landfill Tax excalator rises by £3 each year, but the Chancellor revealed that from April 2007 it will rise by £8 per year until 2010-11.

Dave Brooks said: Landfill Tax is increasing as said in the Budget in March and in my opinon it is likely to go beyond that announced up to 2010.
"This will therefore increase the uptake of new technologies as an alternative to landfill.

Brooks also confirmed that Sita UK and Golder Associates had pulled out of the demonstrator projects scheme to build a mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion plant at Packington in Warwickshire. This means that there are now nine demonstrator facilities being built out of the original ten.

He added: There arent any plans to add a new tenth project. As you probably know, Defra is stretched for funds and there will not be a repeat of this programme once these facilities are up and running.

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