Protocol Could Aid Commercial Skip Hire Companies After Landfill Tax Changes
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Protocol Could Aid Commercial Skip Hire Companies After Landfill Tax Changes

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Skip hire trade body UROC are currently developing a Quality Protocol that will enable operators to show that their waste loads are likely to qualify for disposal at the lower rate of landfill tax.

New Quality Protocol Announced By UROC

The new Quality Protocol would come in the form of a ‘short guidance document’ which gives details on the application of the law in relation to the disposal of trommel fines following changes to legislation which came in April 2015.

The new regime will mean that commercial skip hire companies are required to prove that their waste loads have a loss on ignition of 15% or less in order to qualify for disposal at the lower rate of landfill tax – which currently stands at £2.60 per tonne.

UROC, which helped to establish the LOI system with Her Majesty’s & Customs (HMRC) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA), have recently written to all of their members to inform them of the new protocol and explain that all waste operators are expected to complete a four hour on-site training programme in order to adopt it.

Once each company has completed the course and been accredited, the UROC claims that the operator would ‘maintain a position’ that any trommel fines produced are likely to be “qualifying” for disposal at the £2.60 rate of tax in the eyes of a regulator.

A spokesperson for UROC said: “If an operator undertakes a training programme (estimated to be four hours delivered on-site) and adopts the QP then the regulator will maintain a position that the Trommel Fines produced by an Operator that has implemented the QP are likely to be “Qualifying” for disposal at the lower rate tax.”

However commenting on the proposal, Environmental Services Agency’s head of regulation Sam Corp said he was unaware that HMRC were planning to take on a quality protocol in its regulation of the LOI regime.

He added it would remain the responsibility of the landfill operator to correctly classify material, “irrespective” of whether a protocol exists or not.

Mr Corp said: “ESA will watch the development of the ‘quality protocol’ with interest. However, it is important to remember that the responsibility and liability for correct landfill tax classification falls squarely on the shoulders of the landfill operator.”

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