Fuel tax will penalise recycling, says biofuel MD
Saturday 12th October 2013, 11:45AM BST.
INTRODUCING a tax on biodiesel will penalise people who recycle, a producer has warned.
Treasury and Resources announced it was considering whether to include proposals to introduce excise duty on the fuel in its 2015 Budget.
But managing director of Waste Oil Recycling Ltd, of which St Peter Port Services is a shareholder, Peter Macgill said it would be a bad idea.
‘We’re taking a waste product and turning it to energy for use on the island,’ he said.
‘I can’t see how recycling should suffer the same duty as goods brought into the island from abroad.’
Mr Macgill said the business, which collects cooking oil from island restaurants and pubs and turns it into biodiesel, produced between 80,000 and 100,000 litres each year.
But he argued this was insignificant compared to the 38,000,000 litres of diesel imported to Guernsey.