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LGA calls on chancellor to freeze landfill tax
7 March, 2014 | By Chris Smith
The chancellor has been urged to freeze the landfill tax as part of this month’s budget by council leaders.
Ahead of George Osbourne’s keynote speech on 19 March, the LGA claimed landfill tax had achieved its purpose and warned any increase would punish hard-pressed families.
Mr Osborne was urged to keep landfill tax at its present rate of £72 per tonne and to redistribute revenue to local taxpayers.
The tax, paid by businesses, is set to increase to £80 per tonne in April and the money raised goes into central government funding.
The LGA warned the costs would be passed by on to residents and claimed each household would pay £30 towards landfill tax in 2014-15.
Mike Jones (Con), chair of the LGA’s environment and housing board, said: “Instead of using the receipts from the tax to boost recycling technologies and reward residents for the gains made in recycling levels, the Treasury has held on to receipts. We need a clear indication from the chancellor that this tax will be frozen at its present rate, with the money raised from it returned to taxpayers and invested in growth.”
Recycle Week celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. From Monday 17 June, the annual event encourages people, local authorities and businesses to recycle.
In the past decade alone the UK has recycled 50 billion plastic drink bottles, enough to reach the moon and back over 10 times. Across the UK, local authority recycling schemes have collected materials like card, paper, plastic and glass worth £2.4 billion.
Paper and card worth around £1 billion
Plastic worth around £339 million
Mixed cans worth around £174 million
Mixed glass worth around £153 million
Textiles worth around £124 million
Defra Resource Management Minister Lord de Mauley said:
Dealing with waste and recycling properly not only makes environmental sense but also good business sense. We’ve made great strides in household recycling and over the next decade we can look forward to doing much more to reduce waste in the first place.
Reusing and recycling products and materials will also open up new avenues for UK businesses in growing domestic and export markets.
More ideas and information for consumers is available from http://www.recyclenow.com including a postcode locator to enable people to check what they can recycle in their area.
Join in the twitter conversation #recycleweek2013.