Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) member, Ian Fielding explains how ADEPT believes the potential introduction of incineration tax would be ineffective, a burden on local authorities and completely unnecessary. ADEPT’s position comes after announcement in Budget on 29 October that government may consider a future tax on incineration as means to encourage increases in the recycling. This announcement sits alongside an announcement on a future tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content, and contrasts with the lack of taxation proposals from government to deal with single-use plastics, which would target the manufacturers of plastics that are difficult to recycle, including black plastics and single-use items such as coffee cups. Currently, two-thirds of the UK’s plastic packaging waste is exported. China, previously a mass importer of UK waste, has placed a ban on importing it, costing the UK’s local authorities up to £500,000 … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Ian Fielding

Chair of ADEPT’s Waste Group.