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Government needs to 'sort out its policies on waste', says Friends of the Earth

The Government should avoid building new incinerators and sort out its policies on waste to boost recycling and composting, according to the Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earths comments follow a fortnight of confusion over whether the Government will allow councils to give financial incentives to those who recycle more. Senior waste campaigner Michael Warhurst said: It is a mistake to go down the incinerator line and the Public Accounts Committee report has shown that massive public opposition exists in relation to incinerators. From a climate and resource efficiency point of view, incinerators are bad for the climate and an inefficient generator of energy. Friends of the Earth urges the Government to allow any council to reward those who recycle more, provided that a good kerbside recycling service is available to all residents and that systems are put in place to avoid negative impacts on poorer residents. Warhurst added: It is time for the Government to get their waste policies sorted so that councils can offer financial rewards to those who recycle more. The endless in-fighting is preventing important action that would help us to tackle our growing waste problem, save valuable resources and cut emissions of climate change gases. We already pay for other utilities as we use them, and these schemes work well in other countries.

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