by Justin Holley
Over recent months the waste management team at Orchard Facilities Management has been preparing for spring price changes in the waste and recycling markets, including an increase in landfill tax.
April landfill tax increase
The Government has set out plans to gradually increase the levy paid by businesses for sending waste to landfill year on year and this is set to rise to £84.40 per tonne from April 2016.
Changes to the recycling market
At the same time, the recyclates market is experiencing challenging times and the value of many recovered materials has dropped. The used plastics market in particular has seen prices fall as a consequence of lower oil prices and decreasing demand from the Far East, where much of the UK’s plastic is exported to.
A further change, which could potentially have a damaging impact on businesses, is the introduction of tighter testing on materials qualifying for a lower rate of landfill tax.
The overall cost of waste servicing has gone up and, unsurprisingly, mixed recycling services have been particularly badly hit.
How to keep waste costs low
At times like this, the organisations we work with experience the true benefits of working with a facilities management specialist. We anticipate changes in legislation and prices, evaluate the options and come up with a plan that minimises the impact on their business.
Our key focus in recent weeks has been to negotiate on behalf of our clients to secure the best prices from suppliers. We are also talking to many concerned local businesses about how we can implement waste and recycling strategies to reduce their operating costs. Recycling is still cheaper than sending waste to landfill and we’re good at identifying new opportunities for increasing the amount of recycling that goes on in an organisation. If this is something you’d like to learn more about please contact us.
Orchard Facilities Management is always working behind the scenes to help customers keep costs as low as possible and streamline their operations, whether it’s their IT, data storage, waste management and recycling or other back office services such as PAT testing, pest control and fire protection systems. To find out how we could help your organisation call us on 01422 880180 or visit www.orchard-fm.com