Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Hammond urged to provide landfill tax strategy

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.

Jacob Hayler

900 Jacob Hayler

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.