Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme
Under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) each local authority has been allocated an allowance in tonnes for the amount of waste it can send to landfill. Above that level Councils must buy credits from other local authorities. The Government has said it will fine councils who landfill waste £150 per tonne if they do not buy sufficient credits.
The clear winners under the scheme are councils who incinerate waste. Fourteen councils in England which incinerate waste actually see their landfill allocation increase in the first 5 years of the scheme.