What is the Landfill Communities Fund?
The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative environmental tax credit scheme introduced in 1996. It enables the waste companies who manage landfill sites (landfill operators) to fund local community and environmental projects and benefit people who live near these sites. These projects are carried out by thousands of charities and community groups including The Wildlife Trusts.
The tax is paid by the waste companies who have contracts with local authorities and businesses. These landfill operators pay £84 tax per tonne of waste they deposit in the ground. As well as funding local projects, this has been very successful in reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill and encouraging more recycling.
How does the Landfill Communities Fund work?
Landfill operators can choose to re-direct part of their tax bill to benefit local communities near landfill sites rather than paying it to the Treasury. In 2016-17 they can divert 90p of every £25 of tax they owe (2); so long as £1 goes to a community project. The local community normally fundraises for the missing 10p in every pound. To date, most operators have jumped at the chance to do this and since 1996 local communities near landfill sites have been able to invest over £1.4billion in 51,000 projects.
How does this help wildlife?
Over the past two decades the Landfill Communities Fund has granted over £100 million to environmental projects across the UK. This funding has protected peatlands, nurtured juvenile pearl mussels, sown hundreds of wildflower meadows and bought back beavers to the UK for the first time in 400 years. It's also given local people living near landfill sites the chance to access and enjoy their local wildlife. The Fund has helped The Wildlife Trusts with some incredible conservation projects - read our report "Celebrating the Landfill Communities Fund" for more infomation.
Here is an example from Yorkshire Widlife Trust's Great Ouse project
Who else benefits?
It’s not just environmental charities that benefit from this funding. Village halls, rugby clubs and community arts centres can apply for improvements to their buildings or facilities. This funding can make a real difference to people’s lives. A new boiler isn’t just an upgrade to a building’s plumbing; it means that a community centre is now usable in the winter months and can host more kid’s clubs. All-weather cricket nets mean longer practice hours, resulting in better cricketers, helping to encourage sport at a community level. Small changes can have big impacts and the Landfill Communities Fund offers this chance to communities.
St John's Church Hall - Taworth
Cultural projects benefit too – major restoration projects at the Imperial War Museum, Chatham’s historic Dockyard, The Coventry Transport Museum and the International Centre for Life have all been supported by the Landfill Communities Fund.
How you can help
1. Show your support by helping us raise awareness of the importance of the Landfill Communities Fund.
2. If you have been part of an LCF project, why not tweet at your local MP and tell them what this has meant for your community, using #TheLCF
Above: A guided walk to learn about lowland meadow habitats in Kent. Funding from Biffa Award (through the Landfill Communities Fund) helped increase lowland meadow habitat by 36% across the Kent.
Above: Birmingham Open Media. Funding from the Landfill Communites Fund has transformed a derelict building into a gallery and events space and changed an eyesore into a bright, welcoming place for the community.
Above: The Landfill Communities Fund helped to improve the clubhouse at the well loved Springhill Cricket Club. Catering and toilet facilities have allowed them to hold more events and cater for larger numbers