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From 2008: landfill levy increased by a further €5 to €20 per tonne.


Landfill Directive

A levy of €15 per tonne on the landfill of waste was introduced on 1 June 2002 under the Waste Management (Landfill Levy) Regulations 2002. The levy is designed to encourage the diversion of waste away from landfill and generate revenues that can be applied in support of waste minimisation and recycling initiatives. All levies are remitted to the Environment Fund.
As a penalty for those who illegally deposit waste, the Waste Management (Landfill Levy)(Amendment) Regulations 2006 introduced a levy of €20 per tonne for each tonne of waste disposed of at unauthorised facilities on and from 28 July 2006. This means that persons responsible for the illegal deposition must pay the levy and remove the waste, as required by Section 60 Policy Direction, and remediate the land, apart from any other penalties that may be imposed through the courts.

As of 1 July 2008, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government increased the landfill levy, using the power available to him under the Waste Management Acts.
The Waste Management (Landfill Levy) Order 2008 amends section 73(3) of the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2008 to allow for the landfill levy to be increased from €15 per tonne to €20 per tonne for each tonne of waste disposed of at an authorised landfill facility.
A NEW incineration levy along with a significant hike in the present landfill levy could be introduced by the end of 2009.
Minister for the Environment John Gormley has received approval from the Government to draw up legislation which he hopes will act as an economic deterrent to both landfill and incineration, though the first incinerator in Ireland is not likely to be up and running until 2011.
The Minister said the current €20 landfill levy is insufficient. “We need to move a long way from landfill and incineration and through these levies ensure that they enjoy no economic advance,” he said.
The Minister is currently considering advice that would see the landfill levy double in the short term, and eventually quadruple.
Mr Gormley said levies would be an “essential element” in promoting recycling enterprises.
A €13 million fund has been set up to encourage businesses to become involved in manufacturing recycled waste into products that can be sold on.
2013 €40/tonne?
2012 €35/tonne?
2011 €30/tonne?
2010 €25/tonne?



2008 €20/tonne
2007 €15/tonne

The Government is to provide the funds earmarked to businesses as part of a market development programme over five years. The money will go towards research and development for firms ready to transform waste such as glass, plastic, paper and organic materials into manufactured products.
Tenders will be produced in coming months looking to develop new composting techniques, while another tender will concentrate on waste plastic.
Speaking at the launch yesterday, Mr Gormley said thousands of jobs could be created by “waste entrepreneurs”.
The creation of “wealth from waste” was essential, as Ireland had to more than double to 80 per cent the amount of biodegradable waste that it must recycle by 2016, he said.
He said the fund would help businesses to overcome the low price for waste, and the economies of scale of operating in a small country which have deterred firms from getting involved in processing waste products.
“Anything that stops material going to landfill and the mining of virgin material such as peat for compost is a good thing,” he said.