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Barnet interested in variable charging

The London Borough of Barnet has issued a cautious welcome to the Lyons inquiry into local government that recommended that councils should be allowed to charge residents on the amount of rubbish they generate.

Sir Michael Lyons final report was issued prior to the Budget and was the culmination of three years work.(click here to see story)

Barnets cabinet member for environment and transport Cllr Matthew Offord said: This could be a valuable tool for local authorities to encourage more residents to recycle, but, as Sir Michael Lyons points out, I would not like to see councils being compelled to introduce charging.

Two years ago in Barnet we made a choice to introduce the UKs first compulsory recycling scheme for paper, cans and glass. Other councils have followed our lead so I am keen for councils to be allowed to innovate.

Any scheme of this kind needs to be through very carefully to avoid potential pitfalls. Councils will be reluctant to bring in schemes that could increase fly-tipping, could adversely affect the most vulnerable members of the community or significantly add to administration costs.

 

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