Last week, Chancellor Alistair Darling announced that there will be a continued increase in the standard rate of landfill tax by £8 per tonne on 1 April each year until 2013 (see MRW story).
Environmental communications firm Sauce Consultancy managing director John Twitchen said: “Certainty is always a good thing and we have now got that for seven or eight years. The trick now is to make the most of our opportunities and start planning to get the technologies and sites up. Right locations for sites need to be found and they need to be found before tax increases impact on small-and medium-sized business and local authority taxpayers.
“The question we have to ask is ‘Are we going to make the best of this opportunity and what will the three political parties do about this in the medium term?’”
Container supplier Straight chief executive Jonathon Straight added: “We are pleased to see landfill tax increase and pleased to see that they are addressing that some inert waste should be taxed. I also think it is a positive thing that AD has received £10 million but it should have been a lot more than that. But overall they have missed an opportunity and I think this Government has run out of steam.
“On a personal level I am pretty annoyed with the 50 pence tax rate for people earning over £150,000.
“Entrepreneurs are getting clobbered and paying for other people’s mistakes.”
North London-based waste management firm Powerday also welcomed the Budget. The firm operates a materials recycling facility which is able to handle 1.6m tonnes of waste per year. Sales and marketing director Simon Little said: “For our business Powerday, the landfill tax escalator has given us surety in our investment decisions to invest in diverting waste from landfill.”
Little added that the tax will drive many initiatives for other companies to divert waste away from landfill.