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Landfill tax rise makes repair the economic remedy

Landfill tax rise makes repair the economic remedy

As we settle back down to work after celebrating the Queen’s jubilee, one news story really caught your blogger’s imagination: it was the fact that someone had found a large Union Jack in their attic, which last saw daylight 60 years ago where it had been hung out of a window to commemorate the Coronation in 1952. It apparently needed a bit of repair work where it had frayed around the edges… the reporter then went on to wistfully imagine what the world was like when that flag was first flown …

Indeed, a trip to the tip can also bring on that feeling of retrospection, as people empty their car boots or vans of broken furniture, gouged kitchen units and worktops, warped window units and chipped basins; all these things that have come to the end of their life, because no one can be bothered to repair them – unless you call on us at Plastic Surgeon

…which more and more people might very well view as an economic no-brainer, because landfill tax is going up again, by a staggering 2,460 per cent for items that Waste Minister, Lord Taylor, described as being ‘non-inert.’

So-called inert fines from trommels and screens (material that is not going to contaminate landfill and does not count towards the EU biodegradable landfill targets) were charged at the lower landfill tax rate of £2.50.

In future, however, agents will have to pay the same full rate of £64-a-tonne to landfill which is paid for ‘active’ material, including non-inert items that can biodegrade and create methane.

At Plastic Surgeon, we feel that a lot of what goes into landfill, especially from building sites, could be saved from that fate in the first place, through the use of repair services such as we offer.

In 2011, we saved 2,253 tonnes of waste going to landfill: this breaking down into the repair of 23,356 doors; 7,111 cupboards & cupboard doors and 6,600 worktops, as well as 4,401 baths. Of these, one must assume, the timber used to manufacture the doors, cupboards and worktops, cannot be ‘inert’ due to the gases given off by their decomposition process – so in reality, to repair rather than skip these materials is going to save our clients a fortune in taxes.