Welsh Landfill Tax to help communities affected by landfill sites

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Communities affected by landfill sites will be beneficiaries of the new Welsh Landfill Disposals Tax from April 2018.

Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford (pictured) has confirmed that the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities scheme will replace the UK Landfill Communities Fund and will support biodiversity, waste minimisation and other environmental projects.

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He said: “We have spoken with stakeholders over the past two years as we have developed the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill. One of the areas most often raised was the future of the Landfill Communities Fund when the tax is devolved to Wales and how a replacement scheme would operate.

 “This has resulted in the development of a new Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, which will ensure communities in Wales affected by the disposal of waste to landfill will benefit from projects to support biodiversity, minimise waste and create other environmental enhancements.

 “The changes we are introducing will minimise the administrative costs involved.  More importantly, the new grant scheme will maximise the amount of funding reaching community projects and help improve our environment.”