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Mineral Products Association seeks modifications to HMRC Landfill Tax

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The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has raised concerns about the HMRC Brief on Landfill Tax. The MPA fears that the Revenue and Customs Brief number 15/12, which outlines how HMRC will classify waste materials, could harm sustainable recycling measures for land and waste. Although the MPA recognises that a Brief is necessary, it has criticised lack of communication on the subject, the immediate introduction of the changes and the high increase in tax rates that could follow. It states that the Brief has caused uncertainty for those employing inert materials in quarry restorations, as well as operators involved in producing recycled aggregates and worries that certain recycling sites may have to close.

The MPA desires the modification of the Brief and has held talks with DEFRA and the Environment Agency in order to ‘resolve a number of apparent unforeseen and unintended consequences arising from the Brief that may have come about from misunderstandings about the use of different materials to beneficial effect in the restoration of land’. The Mineral Products Association has also been in contact with the Environmental Services Associations to make certain that the Brief and any amendments to it do not have a detrimental impact on recycling and quarry restoration projects.

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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