Councils snub ‘pay as you throw’ trials

No local councils have come forward to pilot financial incentive schemes to encourage households to recycle more, the Environment Department (DEFRA) has confirmed.

Voluntary powers to enable such trials feature in the Climate Change Act. It allows up to five councils to charge or reward people according to the amount of unrecycled waste a household produces. The schemes would have been revenue-neutral, with extra charges paying for the rewards.

The news is a blow to the Department which had been urging councils to participate and had offered funding.

In July last year the House of Commons’ C

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