Support from Lord Rooker for the local authority (LA) refuse charging pilot, which is part of the Climate Change Bill, was welcomed by ESA Chief Executive Dirk Hazell. After the Bills reading in the House of Lords (February 1 2008 mrw.co.uk) Hazell said: ESA welcomes the amendments to strengthen the pilot, as we saw force in the argument of Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers that both rural and urban areas should be assessed. Though these amendments were not voted onto the face of the Bill, I am pleased that Lord Rooker gave clear assurances that this will be the case.
The Minister admitted the Bill needs to be strengthened to improve the mechanisms of reporting back to parliament before any further roll-out can begin, however I hope pilot waste charging projects soon become reality.
I welcome the proposals for piloting household waste minimisation incentive schemes which could help householders to be more sustainable. These measures will provide further opportunities to make Britain a recycling society.