South Yorkshire firms concerned by landfill tax rise

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SKIP-hire firms in Sheffield say they will have to put up their prices due to an expected rise in landfill tax – and are warning residents to be on their guard against rogue traders offering to undercut them.

The tax aims to encourage councils and businesses to reduce waste sent to landfill to meet European environmental targets, boost recycling and cut the amount of rubbish being buried in the ground.

Since 2008, increases in landfill tax have pushed up the cost per tonne of sending rubbish to landfill from £24 to £80 – and a further rise is expected in next week’s budget.

James Hartley, of Arthur’s Skips, Neepsend, said: “Most of the big players in the business in Sheffield and Rotherham have already met to discuss this rise in duty.

“We all agreed to raise our rates and not absorb this rise like the numerous ones that came before, so householders and businesses alike will be required to pay more for skips to get rid of the rubbish they produce.

“We expect a eight-yard builder’s skip to tip the scales at more than £200.

“We need to get a message out to all the people in South Yorkshire they have a duty of care to ensure the waste they produce must go to a reputable waste management company.

“Alarm bells should ring if someone moves their rubbish for less.”

Mr Hartley said his company and other firms are concerned rogue traders undercutting their rates may be fly-tipping the rubbish collected, instead of disposing of it properly.