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ESA backs government proposal on waste

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has welcomed the governments Waste Strategy proposals to let local councils charge for household waste.

is currently lagging behind her European counterparts when it comes to recycling household rubbish and landfill space is due to run out in 10 years time.

Under the Waste Strategy proposals announced today, local councils can decide to charge people who refuse to recycle.

The ESA stresses that the proposals should be backed up by zero tolerance of flytipping.

ESA chief executive Dirk Hazell said: Several years have passed since we encouraged the Government to allow councils to charge for residual waste without penalising less well off households and to incentivise recycling.

However, while most people want to help
Britain become a recycling society, the other side of this coin is that, if they think they can get away with it, criminal and anti-social elements will try to buck the system by dumping even more waste illegally, putting the environment and human health at risk.

The ESA represents the
UK s waste and management industry and works closely with the government to work towards a sustainable system of waste management.

Hazell said: The government is taking in more money from Landfill Tax. We believe the Environment Agency needs ring-fenced funding for a really effective Flying Squad to catch environmental criminals and local councils must also be resourced to banish flytipping.

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