Councils reject trials of ‘pay as you throw’

No councils have come forward to test financial incentive schemes to encourage household recycling, the Environment Department (DEFRA) confirmed today. The news is a blow to the government which has been urging local authorities to participate in the pilots

Voluntary powers to enable trials of the approach were included in the Climate Change Act, which allows up to five councils to charge or reward households according to the amount of unrecycled waste they produce. Schemes must be revenue-neutral although authorities were free to design the details of a scheme.

The Local Government Association, which lobbied hard for councils to have the power to bring in such schemes, said it was not surp

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