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Evidence behind pay-as-you-throw policy questioned

More attacks on Government plans to trial pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) schemes came this week as a Minister requested evidence of policy development research.

Minister Eric Pickles asked if the Government had considered the social impact of PAYT schemes and asked what research had been used.

His questions followed press reports earlier this month that Prime Minister Gordon Brown planned to drop the controversial schemes to gain public favour. However, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) denied this and confirmed plans for pilot PAYT would still go ahead (MRW, May 6 2008).

Environment Minister Joan Ruddock defended the schemes saying: The final report to Defra by Eunomia Consulting entitled: Modelling the Impact of Household Charging for Waste in England reviewed a range of research including on the social impacts of charging for the collection of household waste.

The Government's Impact Assessment for powers to pilot local authority incentives for household waste minimisation and recycling also drew on a range of research on amounts of waste produced by households of different sizes, and income data for households of different sizes.

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