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Uroc unconvinced by 10% loss on ignition testing regime

Skip hire representatives have reiterated calls to gather evidence on trommel fines, after the Budget announcement on the introduction of tests for the application of the landfill tax.

As part of the Budget for 2014, the Government said it will roll-out a loss on ignition (LoI) testing regime on fines from waste transfer stations by April 2015. Only fines below a 10% threshold would be considered eligible for the lower rate of landfill tax.

This policy announcement followed representations from the waste industry.

Despite welcoming the move, the skip hire sector trade body United Resource Operators Consortium (Uroc) said further evidence was needed to determine whether the 10% threshold was appropriate.

Uroc urged operators to provide test results for any LOI testing carried out over the previous 12 months.

“The objective of this call for evidence will assist UROC in its plight to help finally resolve the trommel fines issue,” said the association.

Trommel fines have been at the centre of intense discussions between industry and government representatives.

In November 2013, a government-industry working group was set up to solve the issue of how to apply the £2.50 per tonne tax rate to materials such as trommel fines.

The group, which comprises representative of Uroc, the Environmental Services Association, HMRC and the Treasury, will meet again in May.

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