Incineration gets boost from flawed landfill levy report

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has taken a further step towards a decision whether to introduce a landfill levy by publishing a report on the environmental costs of landfill and incineration.1 Landfills have costs of £1-4 per tonne of waste, it concludes - while incinerators produce environmental benefits worth £4 per tonne. But the very large uncertainties underlying these figures limit confidence in the results, which in themselves do not justify setting a levy at any particular rate.

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