Landfill tax rose on 1st April

Landfill tax rose again on 1st April this year, taking the standard rate from £82.60 to £84.40 and the lower rate from £2.60 to £2.65.

The standard rate of landfill tax reached £80 per tonne in 2014 and the government then announced that landfill tax would continue to rise in 2015 and 2016 in line with the RPI (to the nearest 5p). Last year, the responsibility for setting landfill tax north of the border was devolved to Scotland.

In the budget last month, the Chancellor confirmed that the standard and lower rates of landfill tax will continue to rise in April 2017 and 2018 in line with the RPI.

In order to qualify for lower rates of landfill tax, materials must achieve a loss on ignition (LOI) of 10% or less.  Landfill operators in England and Wales are required to test every 1,000 tonnes of inert waste received from individual waste processors.

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Accreditations

Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.