Following the budget announcements this month, £30 million of extra funding has been earmarked to tackle waste crime and enforce legislation that will see operators of illegal waste sites become liable for Landfill Tax from 1 April 2018.
The Environment Agency have admitted to struggling to keep up with the number of new illegal waste sites that have sprung up and the additional funding will be very welcome to address this issue.
Chancellor, Philip Hammond has also pledged to investigate how a tax system and/or charges on single-use plastic items could reduce waste, and could reduce the impact of discarded waste on marine and bird life.
CIWM chief executive, Dr Colin Church has commented: “Taxes, deposit return schemes and other recycling incentives must be part of a wider review of how the UK applies the ‘polluter pays’ principle and what responsibilities should be placed on producers for the environmental impact of their products, right from the design stage, through the use phase, to the opportunities for second and third lives through re-use, remanufacturing and recycling.
Find out more about the impact of the Autumn Budget on the waste industry, by visiting the CIWM website
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