Should the Government be charging a Landfill Tax on Councils?
The argument for the Landfill Tax is as follows; that by creating this tax (£50 per tonne of landfill waste - £30 per household) the council is more inclined to recycle as opposed to simply putting rubbish in the ground. Vote "Yes" if you agree with the Landfill Tax and "No" if you disagree.
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The idea that rubbish should be shoved into a big hole in the ground, only to leave the remains of non-degradables and recyclables is one of the most backward policies ever to have been produced by local government.
If something is recyclable then guess what? It should be recycled! Or, further still, it needs to be recycled. The philosophy of simply throwing away things that are recyclable or bio-degradable et al. says a lot about the society that we have become. A society where we are unwilling to aid the environment and fight climate change because we are either too lazy and/or too cheap. How difficult is it to throw away rubbish effectively? The fact is, that it is indeed quite difficult to rid ourselves of rubbish. However, this does not give us license to simply "throw it away" or dispose of it however we like. We have to be responsible about it.
The fact that landfills can lead to waste leakages that then proceed to contaminate water supplies leads to firstly, sickly water and, secondly, the requirement of loads of money to sort the problem out.
Proposal: The money raised from the Landfill Tax should be used to buy and create the technologies necessary to dispose of the waste in other ways. The problem with councils currently is that they don't have this equipment. In fact, even if councils were to use the money raised from the Landfill Tax to get the technology, it is reliant upon using the landfill to get rid of the rubbish in the first place and, also, it depends on the government to provide the necessary equipment. The seems to lead us to the point of oxymoronic absurdity. However, this is what should be done until the council has received its money back from the government in the form of equipment.
Another suggestion is for the federal government to give all councils the technologies to rid themselves of waste effectively for free. It could come out of the budget for the environment, headed by Ed Miliband.
There are many more potential policies which could be employed as alternatives to landfills. However, until these policies come into place, councils must keep on paying their Landfill Tax. It is supposed to be painful. If it wasn't, change would never take place.
If we truly care about environmental change, then thirty extra pounds per year, per household, is not asking too much at all.
What do you think?