The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called on the chancellor to assure long-term certainty on landfill tax levels.
Ahead of Philip Hammond’s autumn statement, the trade body said the industry currently faced challenges such as rising waste volumes, slumped commodity prices, a widening treatment capacity gap and criminal activity.
A statement listed five requests, including extended producer responsibility reform, investment in green infrastructure, recycled material requirements in public procurement and continued support for action on waste crime.
The ESA called on Hammond (pictured above) to “provide long-term certainty that landfill tax will remain at current real levels to help the industry plan and build for the future” in his first major announcement since succeeding George Osborne in July.
ESA executive director Jacob Hayler (pictured below) said: “We believe these measures will unlock the investment needed in our industry to enable us to deliver economic growth, thousands of new jobs and a greener, cleaner Britain.”
The standard rate of landfill tax is currently £84.40 per tonne, with the lower rate for ’waste fines’ set at £2.65.
Now linked to inflation, the Treasury discontinued an £8 per year accelerator two years ago, which had taken the rate to £80 and had a profound effect on switching waste disposal from landfill to other means, notably recovery methods.
Earlier this month, the Environmental Audit Committee called on the Treasury to set out its ”future plans for the landfill tax”.
However the committee argued that the tax was a blunt instrument that could not improve recycling rates on its own.
At a conference in October, resources minister Therese Coffey said the policy had “stopped being a sufficient penalty” to encourage local authorities not to send waste to landfill.
900 Jacob Hayler