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Monday, 3 February 2020

How Landfill Tax has lead to waste disposal price rises

Since 1996 the price to dispose general waste has become more and more expensive, Many customers who have not used waste disposal services for a while have been shocked when they have been quoted for waste disposal services and the problem is more money goes on Landfill tax than we even make in profit.

We have been charging £240 plus vat for many years to remove a 1 tonne load of mixed general waste, to dispose this 1 tonne load the cost is between £130 - £160 plus vat at a waste transfer station, These waste transfer stations have to charge these rates and they rise further every year to cover the cost of the Landfill tax.

I am struggling to find information where this tax revenue is spent, surely the billions the tresury collect could be invested in state of the art recycling plants creating thousand of jobs, there is a major lack of recycling facilities available to businesses especially for plastics, only private companies are addressing these problems, When it comes to environmental issues the governments answer always seems to be fines and taxes but never investing in better ways of doing things.

Date of changeStandard rate (£ per tonne)Lower rate (£ per tonne)
1 October 199672
1 April 1999102
1 April 2000112
1 April 2001122
1 April 2002132
1 April 2003142
1 April 2004152
1 April 2005182
1 April 2006212
1 April 2007242
1 April 2008322.50
1 April 2009402.50
1 April 2010482.50
1 April 2011562.50
1 April 2012642.50
1 April 2013722.50
1 April 2014802.50
1 April 2015 (See note 1)82.602.60
1 April 201684.402.65
1 April 201786.102.70
1 April 201888.952.80
1 April 201991.352.90
1 April 202094.153.00

Our company does not export scrap metals

We quite often get requests from business people from overseas asking if we would sell them our metals, We do not offer an exporting service and only sell in bulk to customers based in the UK and that we have already been trading with for many years. We are happy with the arrangement and believe in the saying "if it's not broke don't try and fix it" in other words it works for us.

We do not collect shipping containers

We are often asked do we collect shipping containers and the answer to that is "no" the main problem being transportation costs out weigh the value of the metal, We can recommend a company called Container Disposal, however there would be charge for this service here is a link to their website.


scrap metal shipping container