Minister Gormley just released a 1232 page review of waste policy. The press release is short and vague, but it does announce an increase of the landfill levy to €75 per tonne in 2012. It’s €15/t now, so that’s a 400% increase. The average price at the landfill gate is about €140/t. This will go up to €200/t, a 43% increase. Curtis et al. show that the effect on the volume of waste is small.
The press release also announces an incineration levy of €20-38/t. I do not know the details of the contract between Dublin City Council and Coventa/Dong, so I do not know whether its Dublin taxpayers or C/D shareholders who will be paying the annual €12-24 mln.
The summary report has a number of recommendations:
- More waste separation at source (7 bins for you), and improved collection of recyclables from homes
- Nonlinear waste charges applied at the county level (i.e., you will pay if your neighbours have too much waste)
- Stringent targets for recycling (we won’t be soccer champions, but we’ll beat the world on this)
- A ban on inter-county waste trade (this complies with WTO rules)
And this will of course cut emissions, create jobs, and save money.
A more detailed assessment will follow shortly.