Landfill ban could divert £70m from Scotland to England, says OBR

Scotland’s 2021 ban on landfilling biodegradable municipal waste is likely to reduce Scottish landfill tax receipts by £70m a year and divert the proceeds to the rest of the UK, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

Scotland’s 2021 ban on landfilling biodegradable municipal waste is likely to reduce Scottish landfill tax receipts by £70m a year and divert the proceeds to the rest of the UK, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

The OBR, an independent body set up by the government to scrutinise public spending, made the comments in a report published last week.

It said it expected the ban “to reduce Scottish landfill tax receipts significantly, but mostly to the benefit of UK landfill tax receipts by diverting waste to England”. “The scale of this behavioural response is highly uncertain,” it added.

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