Burn­ing is­sue of tax on waste

County coun­cil­lors un­happy with gov­ern­ments in­cin­er­a­tion plans

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A new tax on waste in­cin­er­a­tion is be­ing con­sid­ered by the gov­ern­ment to in­crease plas­tic re­cy­cling and re­duce the amount that ends up in the ocean.

Waste com­pa­nies would be re­quired to pay tax per tonne of plas­tic they burn and en­cour­aged to in­vest in new tech­nolo­gies that can turn plas­tic pack­ag­ing into new prod­ucts.

How­ever at a meet­ing of Bucks County Coun­cil’s (BCC) cab­i­net this week, leader Martin Tett said the move would pe­nalise com­pa­nies who have in­vested in pro­duc­ing en­ergy from burn­ing waste.

Cllr Tett has sent a joint letter with the president of the as­so­ci­a­tion of di­rec­tors, en­vi­ron­ment, econ­omy, plan­ning and trans­port (ADEPT) to the gov­ern­ment op­pos­ing the plans.

He said: “Hope­fully on be­half of Bucks and other coun­cils across the county I made the point of say­ing we feel this would be an in­ap­pro­pri­ate tax, be­cause it ac­tu­ally pe­nalises those of us who have in­vested heav­ily in en­ergy from waste which gen­er­ates a lot of elec­tric­ity and com­bined heat and power and so on.

“If any­thing it will drive peo­ple back to things like land­fill, which would be a ret­ro­grade step.”

Cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment, Cllr Bill Chap­ple, said the tax “goes against logic”, adding he will do ev­ery­thing in his power “to make sure it doesn’t hap­pen”.

He said: “Those of us will re­mem­ber the set­ting up of the in­cin­er­a­tor in the first place to al­low en­ergy from waste.

“We were pay­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary fees in land­fill tax go­ing into our sites in Bucks, and this was to bring us round to sav­ing £50 mil­lion, which it is on track to do.

“Putting in an in­cin­er­a­tor tax goes against logic, and I will be do­ing all I can do to make sure that doesn’t hap­pen.”

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