Skips brought traffic around Parliament Square to a standstill for three hours to protest over changes to the landfill tax.
The protest follows changes to landfill tax rules which have meant the cost of disposing of certain materials has surged a staggering 2,460% overnight.
Waste operators said the “biggest pricing change since the landfill tax was introduced in 1995” could kill off some firms, lead to a possible spike in fly tipping and have far reaching implications beyond the waste industry.
The changes, announced by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last week, surround the treatment of fines from trommels and screens.
Waste firms will now have to pay £64-a-tonne landfill tax to dispose of certain material - up an enormous 2,460% from the £2.50 tax they were paying before the shake-up (see explainer box for more).
With waste firms disposing of 1,000s of tonnes of fines a week each, operators say the increased cost of disposal could put people out of business.
Sean Heron, managing director of Worsley Plant Limited in Cheshire, told MRW: “It’s sent shock waves through the industry.