Surrey has saved millions of pounds on its landfill tax bill by more than halving the amount of waste it buries in the ground.
In the three year period from 2007/08, the county council reduced the amount of waste it sent to landfill from 64% to 33%.
That means Surrey buried around 200,000 tonnes less waste* in 2010/11 than it did three years earlier.
Currently landfill tax cost £64 per tonne, so the county council would have to fork out £12.8 million in taxes alone to bury 200,000 tonnes of rubbish in the ground.
The reduction in landfill use is in part down to the good work Surrey has done in reaching a 50% household waste recycling target almost a decade ahead of schedule.
It can also be attributed to the fact Surrey residents threw out almost 76,000 tonnes less rubbish in 2010/11 than they did in 2007/08.
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