09 Jun 2010 01:06:08
Disappointment at scrappage of waste reduction scheme
A waste reduction group has expressed its "disappointment" at the scrapping of government plans to charge households which produce high levels of rubbish.
Eric Pickles, communities secretary, announced earlier this week that plans which would have allowed local councils to charge or reward households based on the levels of recycling they do would not be going ahead.
Schemes had already been rolled out under the previous government in Maidenhead and Windsor where local residents had a chip placed in their wheelie bins.
Mike Webster, spokesperson at Waste Watch, said that the evidence shows that 'pay-as-you-throw schemes' do work and local governments should be given a choice.
"This was one of the tools for the authorities to have in their armoury to encourage people to recycle so we're disappointed that the government has ruled it out," Mr Webster said.
He added that criticisms, which have been levelled on the schemes, including that it would encourage fly tipping and the burning of waste, have so far been unfounded in the areas where initiatives have been trialled.