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Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme

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The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.

The Communities Scheme launched 1 April 2018 and is managed by a distributive body, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

Application forms and guidance will be available on the WCVA website from the end of April to support the launch of the first round of applications to the scheme.

Any enquiries should be sent to


Funding of £1.5m in total per year will be provided to projects that support:

1. Biodiversity – conservation and promotion of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs.

  • Help native species, pollination and planting
  • Restore, maintain and enhance natural habitats
  • Engage and support participation and understanding to embed biodiversity

2. Waste minimisation and the diversion of waste from landfill – promote awareness and best practice to reduce the amount of waste produced

  • Encourage prevention, re-use, recovery and recycling of waste
  • Reduce food waste and support initiatives such as composting
  • Engage and support understanding to enable waste to be seen as a resource

3. Environmental enhancements – bring wider community benefit through improving quality of place.

  • Create community green spaces and supporting green infrastructure
  • Bring neglected and run-down areas back into community use
  • Maintain or improve community facilities, for example community halls. 

Geographical focus

The geographical focus of the scheme is 5 miles around a landfill site (until taxable disposals have completed) and 5 miles around a transfer station which sends a minimum of 2,000 tonnes of waste to landfill each year. This approach seeks to recognise those communities most affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.

About the Landfill Communities Fund

The Communities Scheme replaces the Landfill Communities Fund.

Projects will continue to benefit from any Landfill Communities Fund support awarded before 31 March 2018.

There is a 2 year transitional period to enable Landfill Communities Fund projects in Wales to be completed and for all remaining Landfill Communities Funds in Wales to be spent. The transitional period runs from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020.

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