The Cost of Landfill

11th September 2015

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There are many costs of sending waste to landfill, from environmental to social to financial and whilst landfill sites are a much better solution than rubbish being dumped by the roadside or in open water, as happens in many countries, there are still better ways to use or recycle rubbish and avoid the costs of sending it to landfill.

As a business, finances are always a big priority, so you may be interested to know that the standard rate of landfill tax is £82.60 per tonne, it rose from £80 back in April. When you consider that in 2013, nearly 39 millions tonnes of waste was sent to landfill, it’s easy to see how the costs of doing so wrack up. Back in 2008, environmental campaigners put a giant rubbish bin on London’s streets to show how much office waste was produced every single day in the UK, they estimated that the UK’s industries were spending £15bn every year on office waste. By recycling and reusing more, it’s very simple to reduce industrial waste and we can help you out with advice tailored to your specific business.


The environmental cost of landfill is a whole different thing and will take longer to get on top of because of the amount of waste already at landfill. Every time a new site has been opened, wildlife are displaced, forced away from their habitats in search of somewhere new to live. Even now, with many landfill sites closing due to a lesser demand for their services, it will take around 10 years for that land to become usable again, with the pipes beneath the surface continuing to extract methane for 30 years after the site is closed. Landfills can also attract scavenging animals such as rats and birds, who may be killed by products and by-products of the waste. Thankfully, with the methane being released into intricate pipes underground, less is being released into the atmosphere, but it’s not a 100% solution and methane is a very dangerous greenhouse gas.

The fact is that too much waste still goes to landfill, here and across the world. There are really simple ways to reduce the waste your business and households produce and we can help with advice, practical solutions and full waste management services.

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