Budget 2017: Landfill tax for illegal dumping confirmed, £30m to tackle waste crime

The UK Government has confirmed legislation will be brought in to charge landfill tax on illegally deposited waste. Operators with illegal waste sites will be liable for the tax and those who continue to flout the rules will face “tough civil and criminal sanctions”. The announcement, which is part of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget, follows […]

Scotland confirms landfill tax to mirror UK levy

The Scottish Government has confirmed the nation’s landfill tax will be set at the same level as the rest of the UK. Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney made the announcement in Holyrood yesterday as part of the draft Budget package for 2015-16. The standard rate of landfill tax will be £82.60/tonne and the lower rate […]

Avoiding recycling could cost UK businesses £1bn

British businesses could “throw away” £463 million this year by sending waste to landfill that could be recycled. The amount could rise to nearly £1 billion in the next two years if small to medium sized firms (SMEs) don’t improve their recycling rates, according to research conducted by Veolia Environmental Services. The recycling and waste management […]