No decision on future for landfill scheme

The Environment Department has yet to decide if it will continue with the landfill allowance trading scheme

The Environment Department (DEFRA) has yet to decide if it will continue with the landfill allowance trading scheme (LATS), according to a consultation response issued in September.1

The LATS scheme places limits on the amount of biodegradable municipal waste individual councils can landfill each year to ensure England meets targets under the EU Landfill Directive in 2010, 2013 and 2020.

In March, the previous government consulted on widening the types of waste that need to be diverted to meet the targets (ENDS Report 422, pp 32-33). This followed a complaint from the European Commission.

It also asked if the government should drop LATS as rising landfill tax is viewed as a sufficient driver to meet the targets. England has already met its 2010 target and is close to meeting that for 2013.

The response reveals DEFRA will introduce the changes required by the commission, but has yet to decide on LATS’ future. Respondents to the original consultation were split on dropping or retaining it. DEFRA will consider LATS further as part of its waste policy review (ENDS Report 427, p 54).

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