People living in Wales could soon be hit with a council charge for collecting black bin rubbish from their homes.
The move is being considered by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as part of a 20 year environment strategy to reduce waste and encourage recycling.
While a decision is not expected to be reached for two years, the proposed move is aimed at raising the country’s household waste recycling and composting figures from 20% to 46% by 2010.
“There will also be a very strong focus on ensuring disabled people, for example, are not discriminated against if they have difficulty separating their waste.”
The assembly government also has the aim of putting no additional household waste into landfill sites by 2026.
The WAG Environment Strategy Action Plan reads: “We will scope the introduction of charging for residual waste collection. Subject to the findings of the scoping work, we will consult prior to seeking powers to introduce charging under the new Government of Wales bill.”
While politicians welcomed the proposals, the belief was that local authorities must provide a top of the range service before they can start charging for black bin collections.
Conservative mid and west Wales AM Lisa Francis said: “I would like to see a kerbside service offered where a recycling lorry follows a refuse collection lorry. This is the service they provide in Australia and this encourages people to make more effort to recycle.”