In the last issue of RBKC Direct we reported on recycling in the borough and
the imminent effect of the Landfill Tax. Here we look at the projected cost of
landfill in the coming years.
In 2004/05 the Landfill Tax will rise to £15 for every tonne. This means the
Council will pay an extra £1 for every tonne of waste that ends up in a
landfill site. Estimates are that the tax will cost an additional £55,000
during 2004/5. In 2005/06 the Landfill Tax is set to rise by a further £3
leaving the Council facing an additional bill of £165,000. Beyond that the EU
Landfill Directive means the tax could ultimately climb as high as £35 per
The solution is simple - recycle more waste, reduce it, or re-use it. If we
fail to do this then the cost will ultimately be passed on in the form of a
higher Council Tax.
The example set by the residents of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens is
clearly the way forward.
to Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens recyclers. The mini recycling site at
the junction of Redcliffe Square/Redcliffe Gardens, SW10 is one of the best
performing in the borough. Last year residents recycled approximately 50 tonnes
at this site. We hope other residents can follow this excellent example.
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more effectively by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your feedback is invaluable to us.