Recycling more can help beat tax rise

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Businesses in Derbyshire will have to pay nearly £52 million this financial year to send waste to landfill, according to a study.

Taxes on sending commercial and industrial waste to landfill rose by £8 from April 1 – meaning it now costs £72 per tonne.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re all used to recycling more and more at home, but businesses often don’t realise the full cost of the things that we throw away.

“This research shows that there is a real opportunity for businesses in Derbyshire to save almost £52 million just in taxes from what is sent to landfill, and that they can also generate revenue from materials that could be recycled.”

The tax increase was announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s 2012 budget. It also rose by £8 - from £56 to £64 - last year.