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News Analysis: Where is your extra £3 per tonne being spent?

Winners in the £43 million Landfill Tax windfall have revealed how they will spend the money.

As the levy rose by £3 per tonne last week, the Government launched a scheme to distribute the extra revenue it will receive.

Envirowise secured the largest slice, receiving £12m this year, while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was promised £10m.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will get £4m, and the Environment Agency (EA) £2m. The remaining £15m will be shared by smaller and local initiatives.

The money is being given out by the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme, which aims to help businesses cut the amount of refuse they send to landfill sites.

But there is a wide range of activities planned with the money.

The EA is to crack down on waste crime, spending £1m trialling zero-tolerance zones and £1m putting its register of legal carriers online.

Three-month zero-tolerance periods will be allocated in Stoke-on-Trent, Preston and a yet-to-be-decided part of north London. Anyone found committing a waste crime in these zones will be prosecuted.

At the moment, the EA often opts not to follow up minor waste crimes, or to let offenders off with warnings.

EA head of waste strategy Martin Brocklehurst said: "The money from the BREW fund is a welcome boost.

"This will be good for legitimate business, will improve the environment and enable us to tackle those who break the law."

He added that the online database would allow businesses across England and Wales to be sure traders were legal before paying them to take away rubbish.

"Along with other means of check, this means no-one will have an excuse for giving rubbish to an unauthorised operator," Brocklehurst said. "We will be coming down hard on any businesses caught doing so."

There will also be an attempt to secure more effective punishments from the courts.

EA programme manager Arwyn Jones said: "We will try to raise awareness among the judiciary of the range of options available to them."

WRAP is allocating £3m to develop the markets for tyres, batteries and plasterboard via consultations, guidance, research, development and trials.

The Government-funded body is making its £40m eQuip scheme available to companies in the business of recycling tyres, plasterboard or batteries. The scheme helps small firms to loan machinery by guaranteeing its residual value.

WRAP will also be spending £500,000 on helping recycling businesses develop, and £500,000 on identifying the best ways to collect recyclables from small firms.

"The money we are getting has good leverage," said WRAP business and finance programme manager Bevis Watts. "It will allow access to bigger things."

Envirowise is to plough £12m into expanding its free consultancy service, which helps companies cut their waste costs.

The organisation hopes to reach more firms in the commerce and construction sectors, better promote segregation of recyclables and make more visits and follow-up calls.

Since its birth 11 years ago, Envirowise has helped UK industry save more than £1 billion, and divert 1.6m tonnes per year from landfill sites.

Support for research and development of innovative technologies will be made available with the £10m the DTI has scored from the p

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