Government landfill allowance scheme
In an effort to discourage landfilling, the government introduced the landfill tax in 1996. The tax currently stands at £56 per tonne of biodegradable waste - which we all pay through council tax.
In addition, the Government has introduced a Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme. This gives each local authority an annual allowance for the maximum total tonnage of biodegradable municipal waste that can be landfilled.
The target figure will be reduced by 5% each year in an effort to encourage everyone to produce less waste. Any council that exceeds its allowance will be fined, and this too will have to come from council tax.