Local authority strategists urges Dutch Parliament to rethink Dutch RDF tax

A UK local government body, the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has written a position paper calling on the Dutch Government to reconsider its decision to introduce a €32 per tonne tax on the import of refuse derived fuel (RDF).

ADEPT argues that the tax would have negative environmental impacts, as the lack of energy-from-waste (EfW) infrastructure in the UK would mean that waste would instead go to landfill.

Steve Read, Director of Environment and Public Protection at West Sussex County Council and member of the ADEPT waste panel, said: “The underlying issue is the lack of waste disposal capacity in the UK. While market forces – and increased recycling – are expected to continue to correct this over the next few years, export of RDF has provided a solution with a significantly lower carbon impact than landfill, also benefiting the Dutch economy and energy supply network.”