Landfill levy would boost incineration before recycling

The Government has been presented with a dilemma by a report outlining the impacts of a landfill levy on current waste management patterns. The report concludes that a a levy as high as £20 per tonne of waste would favour a switch to incineration ahead of recycling unless some of the revenues were used to support recycling schemes.1

The report was prepared for the Department of the Environment (DoE) by management consultants Coopers & Lybrand. It is one of a series of DoE studies into the potential role of economic instruments in advancing environmental policy (ENDS Report 213, pp 20-21 ). It reveals that the DoE is keen to introduce a la

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