Landfill Tax went up to an eye-watering £86.10 per tonne on 1st April 2017. That’s on top of the gate fee charged by operators. Here are some tips on how to avoid paying it – legally.
If you send business waste to landfill, then you’re probably paying upwards of £100 a tonne to do so nowadays.
Most of that cost is Landfill Tax, a rather blunt instrument that was introduced back in 1996 at just £7 per tonne. In the 21 years since then, it’s risen by over 1,200%.
So how can businesses avoid paying this tax without breaking the law?
Easy. Just stop sending waste to landfill!
Here are our top 3 tips on doing just that.
1. Cut waste
If you can reduce waste at source, you won’t have as much leftover to deal with. So, examine where waste arises in your business and then look for ways to reduce or even maybe eliminate it altogether. Packaging makes up a significant proportion of waste in many businesses, so it’s worth exploring reusable packaging concepts with your suppliers or receiving raw materials in bulk where that’s possible.
2. Recycle more
Once you’ve minimised the amount of waste you produce, it’s time to maximise recycling opportunities. Make sure you put in place the infrastructure, signage and – importantly – training to ensure that recyclable wastes are segregated from those that can’t be recycled. If you produce big enough volumes, it could be worth having your recyclables separately collected as you could then obtain rebates for them – otherwise, you may need to find a local company that offers a mixed recyclables collection service where your co-mingled recyclables are sorted at their remote processing facility.
3. Energise what’s left
In the past, your leftover non-recyclable waste would typically find its way into a local landfill site but nowadays specialist businesses are increasingly turning it into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) or Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) which is then burned to generate renewable electricity. And organic fractions, like food waste, can be sent for anaerobic digestion to create renewable biogas or electricity.
There you go: three totally legal ways to avoid paying Landfill Tax.
Got a story to tell about how your business has avoided Landfill Tax by cutting waste, recycling more and extracting the latent energy value of what’s left over? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below! And if you need assistance implementing a sustainable waste strategy, remember [email protected]