Landfill tax to rise to £98.60 from April 2022

Rises in the Landfill Tax rate for England and Northern Ireland will continue to be in line with the Retail Price Index, rounded to the nearest 5 pence, it was announced alongside today’s Budget from the Chancellor for the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.

In Scotland, there are fears of exporting waste to landfill sites in England from 2025 (picture: Shutterstock)

The RPI link means that from 1 April 2022 the Landfill Tax rate for general waste will rise to £98.60 per tonne, up by £0.90 from £96.70 in the current financial year.

Landfill tax rates as announced in the October 2021 Budget

The lower rate which operates for what is commonly known as ‘inert waste’ will be £3.15 from 1 April 2022, up by just five pence from £3.10 in the current financial year.

The government notes that: “Landfill Tax was introduced on 1 October 1996 to encourage waste producers and the waste management industry to switch to more sustainable alternatives for disposing of material. There is a lower rate of tax, which applies to less polluting qualifying materials covered by two HM Treasury Orders, and a standard rate, which applies to all other taxable material disposed of at authorised landfill sites. Landfill tax was devolved to Scotland in 2015 and to Wales in 2018.”

Rates for Scotland and Wales usually mirror the rate for England and Northern Ireland but this is yet to be confirmed.


As part of waste crime policy in England, sites operating without the necessary environmental disposal permit or licence will be liable for Landfill Tax at the standard rate on all material.

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