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News round-up 25/3

Landfill Tax levels set out; Farm film initiative; WEEE export guidance; Coalition to reduce food waste

Landfill Tax levels set out

HM Revenues and Customs has announced the levels of landfill tax over the next two years.

A note to registered landfill site operators in the UK confirms the new rate from 1 April in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be £82.60.

As a consequence of the Finance Bill 2015, this will increase to £84.40 per tonne for disposals made, or treated as made, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on or after 1 April 2016

The lower rate of tax, which applies to less-polluting wastes listed in the Landfill Tax (Qualifying Material) Order 2011, and currently at £2.50 per tonne, will be £2.60 per tonne in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 1 April and £2.65 per tonne after 1 April 2016.

Farm film initiative

Businesses representing most suppliers of agriculture silage stretch and film have come together to set up an initiative to encourage the increased collection of used farm films under the management of the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA).

Participating in the initiative are Barbier, BPI, Coveris (former Unterland), RKW Agri, Rani Plast, Silawrap, Tama, Total and Trioplast.

In addition, PAFA will be working throughout 2015 to encourage other suppliers to the UK agricultural market to join the initiative. PAFA says there will be a progressive launch of the initiative as further dialogue takes place with all those involved in the logistics chain.

Press release

WEEE export guidance

The Environment Agency has produced guidance on environmental standards for exports of packaging and WEEE.

It has published guidance and a look-up table of acceptable evidence that exporters can use to prove that overseas sites are operating to broadly equivalent standards to those required in the UK.

All evidence submitted to demonstrate broadly equivalent standards must:

  • relate to the overseas reprocessing site that is included in the application
  • have a valid date at the time of submission
  • refer to the reprocessing activity and the conditions/standards that it needs to operate
  • have an English translation and be accompanied by a photocopy of the original document
  • have an official stamp on the original document and reference to the competent authority, if it is an environmental licence.

Press release

Coalition to reduce food waste

Frozen food company Iglo Group has launched a coalition with WRAP with the objective of reducing food waste across Europe.

The coalition is launching iFreeze, a campaign which will highlight the amounts European households waste on food and will provide advice and tips on how increased use of both freezing and frozen food can help to reduce waste and save money.

The campaign is part of Iglo Group’s Forever Food Together (FFT) programme, launched in October 2014.

Birds Eye, Iglo Group’s UK brand, will be the first market to launch the campaign in April, supported by WRAP, Hotpoint and the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

Press release

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