From the beginning of April 2018, changes have been implemented to the Landfill Tax Regulations that make it easier for people involved in illegal dumping to be made liable for the tax.
A great deal of the waste material used in RDF would have been destined for landfill, had the opportunity for RDF not been an option, but there are a few voices of concern from within the European community about whether or not the continued growth of refuse-derived fuel will have a negative impact on recycling rates.
If you’ve been keeping on top of the news, you’ll have seen an influx of news reports on the ‘trash mafia’ – illegal fly-tippers operating on a large scale and targeting UK farmers, particularly those in Essex. The attention on waste crime is higher than ever, and tackling it is quickly becoming of global importance. But is the trash mafia all we have to worry about?
When it comes to recycling, Sweden is ahead of the game – more than 99% of household waste generated in Sweden is recycled.
When it comes to saving energy, we all know that small and simple changes can have a positive impact on our fuel bills and the environment.
With the unveiling of the 2017 Spring Budget comes Government confirmation of the new target rates for packaging recycling up until 2020. A consultation process began back in December 2016, to determine the future goals for each set of packaging material.
If you thought owning your own land would increase peace of mind and present less of a risk in terms of being a target of organised crime, it is time to think again. According to The Times, industrial scale fly-tipping is leaving Essex farmers in a constant state of anxiety, with regular lorries loaded with super-sized skips being driven into their fields come dark and spewing out compacted waste worth up to £1 billion a year.
Alongside the release of the 2017 Spring Budget, the Treasury publicised potential plans for imposing a landfill tax on illegal disposals of waste. A consultation that began on 20th March, confirmed of the Landfill Tax rate of £88.95 per tonne (for standard rate material) has already been obtained and will be brought into effect from 1st April, 2018.
There are major concerns about the vast amount of material being sent to local landfills – that is no secret. With the ever-rising threat of global warming now hard to ignore, it has become vital that each and every one of us take on a personal responsibility to reduce waste and recycle everything we possibly can.
Collecting materials for recycling has become common practice in households, small businesses and large organisations worldwide. By now it is fair to say we are all aware of the issues and facts surrounding landfill.
The recent release of a new Parliamentary POSTnote (first published 31st January) has been much awaited by renewable energy, waste management and supply chain industry leaders, all reliant on the agreement of a universal definition for Environmental Crimes to operate with complete clarity worldwide.
Global warming, nuclear energy, greenhouse gasses, fracking, oil and coal are widely deliberated topics, with environmentally safe sustainable options for waste management often at the forefront of all discussions.
Since 2013, the UK has spent over £500million each year to address this issue and support those affected. We have seen landlords and landowners fall victim to waste crime operators, councils restricted access to civic amenity sites and small businesses stretched and exploited by disposal and recycling facilities.
In a world where we produce over twenty times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago and the average UK citizen throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks, there is a growing concern for the harm that landfills can cause. As experienced environmental consultants, we share this concern and celebrate any interest in alternative, renewable energy solutions.
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