Recycle - Save Money

Recycle Save Money !

On 30th October 2007 regulations came into force requiring anyone who produces waste to pre-treat it before sending it to landfill. This means that many contractors will charge an additional fee to pre-treat your waste, unless you do it yourself. Separating some of your general waste for reuse or recycling is an acceptable form of pre-treatment and therefore you will not need to pay for this service from your waste contractor.

Another financial factor to take into account is the rising cost of landfill tax. The UK dumps more household waste into landfill than any other EU state and at the current rate, we’ll run out of landfill space by 2016. So the government is raising Landfill Tax over the next few years to encourage us to recycle more. Since 2007, Landfill Tax has risen by £8 per tonne per year, and in 2010 reached £48 per tonne. (Twice the 2007 rate).

As waste decomposes in landfill it does so under anaerobic conditions which causes methane gas to be produced. Methane is a 'greenhouse gas' and is 24 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in terms of global warming.