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Defra rejects concerns over early PAYT pilot take up

The Government has rejected concerns that local authorities have not yet signed up for its pilot financial recycling incentive scheme.

A question about local authority take-up of pay-as-you-throw pilots was raised by MP Eric Pickles in Parliament last week.

Waste Minister Joan Ruddock said: No authorities have yet come forward to formally express an interest in participating in a pilot waste incentive scheme. I wrote to local authorities on June 20 inviting them to come forward, with a deadline for submitting final proposals to run pilots of eight weeks after Royal Assent to the Climate Change Bill.

"I noted in that letter that we will release the names of any authorities which come forward with formal expressions of interest at that time.

A Defra spokeswoman rebuffed inferences that that councils were uninterested in the pilots and said: Weve only just opened the window for councils to submit their proposals. They will have quite a bit of work to do putting their proposals together before they can submit Expressions of Interest.

"We dont anticipate hearing from them for some time. Theyve also got about four months in which to submit EOI as the deadline is eight weeks after Royal Assent of the Climate Change Bill.

The Bill is likely to gain assent in October or November 2008.

 

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