The cost of landfilling

Why do we need to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill?

Two key reasons, financial and environmental costs:

Landfill tax and disposal charges

Putting waste to landfill costs money both in terms of landfill tax (currently 72.00 per tonne) and a disposal fee (average 33.58 per tonne). Landfill tax increases by 8 a tonne every year.

If you consider that in 2012/13 Cumbria landfilled 77,587 tonnes of municipal waste you can see that there is significant cost to landfilling waste which can largely be avoided by reducing the waste that we produce and by recycling more.

Environmental costs

Apart from the fines that we will incur if we do not reduce the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill, the environmental impact is significant. Biodegradable waste produces methane in landfill sites - a gas twenty-one times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

Source: Waste data flow figures. Jan 2014