Weak Government leadership and bureaucracy could condemn pay-as-you-throw proposals to the dustbin, according to Liberal Democrat Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary Julia Goldsworthy. Her comments came as debate about waste reduction incentives continues following the release of a damning select committee report on Government plans.
Instead of ambition we have a half-hearted proposal from the Government, said Goldsworthy.
These pilot schemes have been wrapped up in so much red tape and complexity that their chance of success was impossibly slim. The Government may as well have condemned the proposals to the rubbish bin.
Instead of hiding behind a messy compromise, the Government should either admit it has backed down on waste charging or allow every local authority to decide the best way to encourage more recycling in its area.