Skip operators are to offer prime minister David Cameron an ultimatum: freeze the controversial landfill tax hike or prepare for Queen’s Jubilee weekend chaos.
The furious operators are threatening to send more than a thousand skips to block the streets of London over the four-day weekend if the government does not freeze the landfill tax hike within the next two days, CN’s sister magazine MRW has reported.
It follows the Government announcing changes to landfill tax, which have seen the tax cost of disposing of certain construction materials increase by a staggering 2,460 per cent overnight.
Richard Hunt, chair of the Plant, Waste and Recycling Show, told MRW: “We are giving David Cameron 48 hours to freeze the landfill tax hike or the Queen’s Jubilee weekend might be ruined.
“We will block up central London. We spoke about blocking up the M25 but we do not want to stop people who may be going to the airports to go away on their holidays.”
And the protest could escalate further. “If this does not work, we are considering targeting the Olympics,” said Mr Hunt.
He added that businesses were already closing and that the huge hike in disposal costs was “another nail in the coffin” for the construction industry, which would feel a knock-on effect as the cost of waste disposal rockets.
A decision on the blockade will be made at a meeting in London on Wednesday 30 May convened by the Plant, Waste and Recycling Show and attended by over 150 skip operator firms from across the country.
Meanwhile, the Plant, Waste and Recycling Show’s petition “Say no to increased landfill tax and rising fuel costs” has already attracted nearly 1,500 signatures.
Skip operators and smaller waste firms who deal with construction and demolition and commercial waste say the move threatens to kill off a raft of small and medium size disposal outfits.