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Landfill Tax to add £425k to costs each year in York

York city council

3:46pm 30th January 2012

Government increases in landfill tax are set to add almost £0.5m to the council's costs in 2012/13.

The estimated £425k bill is set to put huge pressure on an already strained budget, after the Government agreed a 28% cut to local council budgets over four years.

The council's Cabinet Member for City Strategy, Coun. Dave Merrett, said:

"Landfill tax is a major expenditure for the council, and has increased from £24 per tonne in 2007 to £64 per tonne next year. It will then increase by a further £8 per tonne each year to reach £80 per tonne in 2014/15. 

"This would add almost £1.3m to what we have to pay to the Government, assuming our landfill level stood still. However, we will be working to reduce landfill so we expect the increase to be somewhat less than that.

"We have already set an ambitious target to increase recycling this year, which will see more waste diverted from landfill. But there is no doubt councils will be hit very heavily through landfill tax increases in addition to the massive cuts we have already had in general Government support.

"Even after efficiencies and the introduction of more innovative ways of working, the Government simply cannot expect councils to take these hits and them not impact on other services".

The extra cost of landfill tax has had to be factored in as the council prepares £22m of savings for the next two years.  A council budget proposal will be announced soon.

City of York Council's landfill tax paid to the Government this year is estimated to be just short of £3m. 

By 2014/15, based on current levels of landfill, this would increase to £4.25m.

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