Businesses look to cut waste costs as landfill tax rises

Businesses will face higher waste disposal costs as from this month as landfill tax rises to £64 per tonne under the Government's continued materials diversion drive.

The hike represents an £8 increase from the 2011-12 rate of £56 per tonne and will put companies under greater pressure to manage their waste more effectively by seeking alternative treatment and recovery options.

Waste experts are already advising business owners to approach reputable disposal companies who can offer advice on cost-effective solutions while ensuring they remain compliant.

Hills Waste Solutions, a regional firm based in Wiltshire but with operations extending into surrounding countries, says waste managers need to start minimising their exposure to landfill tax as it will continue to rise year-on-year.

Hills’ divisional director Alex Marland said: “The rise in landfill tax will have a direct financial impact on all businesses when considering the cost of their waste management.

“Ensuring that every possible material which can be recycled is removed from waste prior to disposal is the best way to reduce exposure to landfill tax.

This latest rise represents the fifth consecutive year that the tax has risen by an factor of £8, which has been set until 2013 with a floor under the 2014 rate of £80 per tonne until 2020.

Maxine Perella

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