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Formal consultation to shape pilot PAYT "recycling service"

A consultation to help define good recycling services as a precondition for pilot pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) schemes has been launched by the Government.

Information gathered from this formal consultation will be used to shape guidance for local authorities wanting to implement a PAYT scheme.

The guidance will be published when the Climate Change Bill has received Royal Assent and pilots could begin in April 2009.

This formal call for views follows an earlier informal one in June which covered pilot scheme application and designation, technical issues, finance, coverage and disadvantaged groups, fly-tipping and recycling services. A formal consultation was needed for recycling services because it is a legislative precondition that authorities wanting to run a PAYT pilot must have a good recycling service in place.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that the definition of a good service proposed in the guidance applies only to incentive pilots and is not intended as a more general definition.

The consultation will close on November 14.

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