Rubbish Tax - 'Pay-as-you-throw'

Introducing your new tax

Landfill Site In 1999 the Government signed the EU Landfill Directive. The Directive’s overall aim is

"to prevent or reduce as far as possible negative effects on the environment, in particular the pollution of surface water, groundwater, soil and air, and on the global environment, including the greenhouse effect, as well as any resulting risk to human health, from the landfilling of waste, during the whole lifecycle of the landfill".

The Directive includes the following targets that have been agreed by the UK Government:

By 2010 to reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 75% of that produced in 1995

By 2013 to reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 50% of that produced in 1995

By 2020 to reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 35% of that produced in 1995.

The implementation of this new tax is very controversial and media reports would seem to suggest that many problems still lie ahead, despite clear warnings being given to Central Government. Readers will make their own conclusions as to whether this new tax is justifiable or not.

Isitfair has carried out its own analysis of this new tax and the results are published in its report 'Where There's Muck There's Brass' which may be downloaded here. If you follow all the links below it will become apparant that the Government has invested so much time and money into researching this subject, it is not a matter of if this new tax is imposed but when this new tax is imposed.

We want your opinions

Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey.  We want to know what you think about this new rubbish tax.  Please click on the link which will open in a new window. Rubbish Tax Survey

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Useful Links

In compiling this report, the following sources have been referred to. These sources lead to further information that readers and visitors may want to explore. Please note that all links open in a new window.

The Environment Council Waste Prevention Policy

The National Resource & Waste Forum

DEFRA Waste Strategy for England 2007

CLG Select Committee: Rubbish Tax Report

Rubbish Tax: Response to Select Committee by CLG & DEFRA

WRAP - The Waste and Resources Action Programme

LGA - The Local Government Association

DEFRA - Recycling and Waste Homepage

DEFRA Waste Strategy for England 2007: Incentives for Recycling by Households

Climate Change Bill 2007-08

CLG Select Committee Refuse Collection: Waste Reduction Pilots

National Pest Technicians Association: National Rodent Survey Report 2007

eunomia: Modelling the Impact of Charging for Household Waste in England - Final Report to DEFRA

NLGN Report: How can we refuse? Tackling the waste challenge

ESRI Report: Introduction of Weight-Based Charges for Domestic Solid Waste Disposal

WRAP - Separate food waste collection trials

HM Treasury Budget Reports

DEFRA - Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill 2006-07

Defra, UK - Consultations - Consultation on draft Regulations and draft guidance for proposals for establishing Joint Waste Authorities in England

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