Hope small measure will have big effect on landfill tax

Landfill Site: Wellingborough, Sidegate Lane, SITA, household and trade waste being compacted into a massive hole in the ground. ''Monday 2nd April 2012
Landfill Site: Wellingborough, Sidegate Lane, SITA, household and trade waste being compacted into a massive hole in the ground. ''Monday 2nd April 2012

New signs have been put up at Northants County Council’s household waste recycling centres aimed at deterring people from sending waste to landfill.

The new Waste For Landfill signs have replaced the General Waste signs by the relevant containers at all 10 of the council’s recycling centres throughout the county, including the one in Old Greens Norton Road in Towcester. The signs are designed to make people think whether they have recycled as much waste as they can. The current annual price of sending waste to landfill in the county is about £12million – which equates to about £86 for every tonne. Each tonne of waste that is landfilled costs £68 in landfill tax with the rest comprising gate fees paid to the landfill site owner.

Ben Smith, NCC’s cabinet member for environment (Cons, Greens Norton), said he hopes this small measure will have a big impact and added: “We need to get the simple message across that unless we pre-sort our waste and place it in the appropriate recycling container it goes to landfill.

“That costs us a lot of money and is not good for the environment. I hope these new signs will convince people who are not currently recycling that it really is cost effective and good for the environment.”

The landfill tax will rise by £8 per tonne per year so by 2013/14 the tax will cost £72 per tonne.