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Householders to face £130 charge if they fail to recycle

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) sources have told MRW that householders may face charges of up to a maximum of £130 per year if they do not recycle enough.

Defra officials have been looking at a fee of up to £130 for pay-as-you-throw schemes. Ministers will consider the level of the fee as well as whether householders would automatically get a rebate of the charge if they recycle properly.

A Defra spokeswoman said: Its possible that schemes could be rebate-only, with no charges made. But one persons charge would be another persons rebate, and people have a choice about whether their behaviour would make them liable to a charge, or help them save money.

The whole point of running pilots is to better understand what might motivate people to change their behaviour. This is a fair way of rewarding people who do their bit, and only pilot schemes which take account of vulnerable households will get the go ahead from the Government. If the schemes dont work, they wont be rolled out more widely.

The proposal to run pilots is tied to the Climate Change Bill, which is going through the Committee stages in the House of Lords at the moment. If all gets the go ahead it would be up to local authorities to then submit any ideas for potential schemes.

MRW understands that some local authorities may choose not to make no charge at all but only offer rebates. If they do make charges then householders will pay more if they throw out more rubbish and do not recycle more.

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