The recent amendment to the MRF Code of Practice has undoubtedly ruffled a few feathers throughout the waste and recycling industry. The new mandatory sampling legislation has been passed by the Government and is now supported by HMRC in order to ensure minimal recyclable material ends up as landfill.
The government announced that it will introduce a loss of ignition (LOI) test by April 2015 meaning fines containing more than 10% fuel or combustible materials will be subjected to standard rate landfill tax of £80 per tonne.
Waste management companies will be hardest hit by the news with landfill tax charges being increased dramatically from £2.50 per tonne to £80 per tonne. This could mean an operator’s yearly landfill tax bill leaping from £25,000 to £800,000 for 40 tonnes of trommel fines a day.
The solution is clear. Trommel fines must be further separated and cleaned to further remove the calorific material that can be recycled, which will therefore result in the lower tax rate and hugely reduce landfill tax bills for the operator.
Impact’s Zigzag Separation Systems have been successfully providing an efficient density separation solution for waste management companies all over the world for the last five years. With the ability to handle a wide range of materials and with specific adjustments to ensure maximum efficiency, the Zigzag is the obvious choice to minimise tax exposure.
Impact has now further advanced this technology by developing a packaged ‘plug & play’ Zigzag system with a reduced footprint, improved durability, simple installation and minimal wiring. Within just a few weeks, the launch has sparked an unprecedented level of enquiries, as customers recognise the huge potential in cost savings to be made.