Disappointment over “worthless” landfill allowances:
Councils that invested early in diverting waste from landfill have spoken of their disappointment that landfill allowance values remain “virtually worthless” in the third year of the LATS scheme.
“If the UK government doesn’t seem to be enforcing fines, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to buy LATS, so there are no markets”
Cllr Nick Chard, Kent county council
LATS – the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme – is the government’s flagship initiative for forcing waste disposal authorities to cut the amount of biodegradable waste they send to landfill each year.
But the financial incentives on which the system is based have not emerged yet, despite the scheme starting back in the financial year 2005/06.
Local authorities have reported that surplus allowances for landfilling biodegradable waste are being put up for sale at £5 per tonne or under. Some councils have been unable to sell their allowances at all.
Kent county council’s lead member for finance, Cllr Nick Chard, said he was “extremely disappointed” with LATS. His county had hoped to sell permits for up to £70 to generate revenue for service improvements but this had not happened, he said.
Cllr Chard said: “Some local authorities would be facing hefty fines under LATS but the government is very reluctant to enforce this, perhaps from a political viewpoint. If the government doesn’t seem to be enforcing fines, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to buy LATS, so there are no markets.” More at LetsRecycle.