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Survey backs landfill tax extension

Nearly two-thirds of the waste industry believe landfill tax could safely be increased to £100 per tonne, according to a new survey.

The annual Great Waste & Resources Survey 2014 from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), which had more than 500 respondents from across the UK waste and recycling sector, also revealed that more than half thought the landfill tax escalator should continue beyond 2014.

On the question of continuing the escalator beyond 2014, 28.4% said yes but no higher than £100 while 35.9% also agreed but felt it could go beyond £100.

Other topics in the survey included three-weekly or monthly residual waste collections, backed by more than 60% were in favour, although significant numbers said there must also be a weekly food waste or “smelly” waste collection.

Furthermore, around 90% said there are not enough waste facilities being built in the UK, although half agreed that “we are getting there”.

Lack of investment, planning issues and and public attitude were cited as the main reasons for the lack of facilities.

Other key survey findings include:

  • More than 80% thought there should be guidance on how to determine the best technical economic environmental performance (TEEP) option for collecting recyclate.
  • There appears to be uncertainty over the Environment Agency’s Electronic Duty of Care (Edoc) with one in three not knowing whether they would sign up - despite a much-publicised launch in January.
  • Scotland was seen as the most forward-thinking nation in terms of waste and resources policy.

Watch CIWM chief executive Steve Lee speaking on the survey results.

 

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