Landfill waste levy to rise for second time
THE cost of disposing of household waste in landfills will become more expensive from today.
Environment Minister John Gormley has announced a hike in the landfill levy, which will mean operators will have to pay €30 per tonne to dispose of waste, up from €25.
This is the second time in just over a month that the landfill levy has been increased.
On December 31, it was increased from €20 to €25, and Mr Gormley says he will bring forward legislation which will allow it to be increased to €50 per tonne next year and €75 per tonne in 2012.
The move is designed to force waste operators to compost more 'black bin' or household waste.
Recent figures show that 1.2 million tonnes of waste is disposed of in landfills, and Ireland faces the prospect of being fined by the EU unless it diverts another 280,000 tonnes of waste away from landfills by July this year.
Local authorities have been told to roll out brown bins to households and commercial premises so that organic waste, such as food scraps and garden waste, can be converted into compost.