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Landfill tonnages more than halve from 2001 levels

The amount of waste being sent to landfill at the standard rate of landfill tax has more than halved since the 2000/2001 financial year, according to new figures.

HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) landfill tax bulletin for March 2011 reveals that tonnages of waste sent to landfill at the standard rate of tax have fallen from 50,643,000 tonnes in the 2000/2001 financial year to 24,882,000 tonnes in the provisional 2010/2011 financial year figures.

Independent consultant Keith Kondakor, who has assisted on a number of public enquiries for waste facilities, told MRW: “[The reason for the reduction] is that it’s a combination of recycling being cheaper than landfilling now, a massive move to get the garden waste out of landfill and of course industry, which really looks at its costs, and sends material to material recovery facilities rather than just sending them to landfill.

“Basically the balance has flipped and we now have many councils that recycle more than they do landfill or burn, effectively all the power is going to the recycling industry. Landfill has halved in about nine years and could be a very small industry in nine years’ time.”

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