Waste Management

Treasury written question – answered on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent discussions with Ministerial colleagues on incentivising (a) an improvement in the performance of incineration through taxation and (b) the improvement of waste management generally.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately The Exchequer Secretary

In the Resources and Waste Strategy 2018, the government set out that incineration currently plays a significant role in waste management in the UK, and that the government expects this to continue. However, in the long term the government wants to maximise the amount of waste sent to recycling instead of incineration and landfill. As set out at Budget 2018, should wider policies not deliver the government’s waste ambitions in the future, it will consider the introduction of a tax on the incineration of waste, operating in conjunction with landfill tax, taking account of the possible impacts on local authorities. All tax policy is kept under review. The government also maintains and develops tax policies to support effective waste management, including the existing Landfill Tax and the world leading Plastic Packaging Tax which will be introduced from April 2022.

The government is committed to the improving of waste management and set out the Waste Management Plan for England 2021 earlier this year. Further detail available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/waste-management-plan-for-england-2021

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