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Uroc to present fresh evidence on trommel fines to HMRC

Skip hire representatives have started collecting data on trommel fines tests ahead of another meeting with Government officials to discuss the application of the £2.50 rate of landfill tax.

The sector trade body United Resource Operators Consortium (Uroc) is joining a working group that includes representatives of the Treasury, HMRC, the Environmental Services Association and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management on 4 March.

It will be the third time waste representatives have met the authorities to discuss the controversial issue of how to apply the lower rate of landfill tax to trommel fines, the waste products from recycling processes, grit and screenings.

Uroc director Gary Ellison told MRW his group was collecting evidence to draft a “process protocol” that could be added to guidance on the matter.

To be eligible for the disposal at the lower rate it was essential to develop a method and frequency of testing for trommel fines, said Ellison.

The organisation has also asked its members to send feedback on whether a “Loss on Ignition” test would be appropriate, what tolerance test would be required, whether in-house or external testing was needed, and other related issues.

“It is anticipated that if a suitable regime can be established then everyone will be clear on what is and is not permissible for disposal at the lower rate tax,” said Ellison.

The association lamented a lack of clarity on the matter after HMRC published draft guidance in September last year.

The application of the standard rate of landfill tax to trommel fines could increase disposal costs by 2,500%, Uroc claimed.

Ellison said that the working group had asked Uroc to put together a formal ‘impact statement’ that could be considered by ministers.

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