In 2014 £1.1 billion was collected in landfill tax according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) report on environmental taxes for 2014. This amount is a drop from 2013 when nearly £1.2 billion was collected. While the last time the year on year amount of tax dropped was 2008/09, this still represents a tenfold increase in the funds generated from the tax when it was introduced in 1996.
Overall environmental taxes raised £44.6 billion in the UK in 2014. Environmental taxes are defined as "a tax whose base is a physical unit that has a proven negative impact on the environment (for example a litre of petrol or a passenger flight)." Despite rising an average of 5.0% per year since 1993 (in current prices), environmental tax revenue has remained broadly stable as a percentage of GDP, standing at 2.5% in 2014.
Landfill Tax was introduced with the aim of incentivising the diversion of waste from landfill towards recycling and energy recovery.In the March 2015 budget the tax was increased from £80 per tonne to £82.00 per tonne in line with inflation.
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