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LARAC continues to push for variable charging

A recent call for views on variable charging - where householders are charged for the amount of residual waste produced and not for recyclables - has been welcomed by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).

The call from a senior officer at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) shows the department may go further than the current incentive schemes.

LARAC has pushed for local authorities to be given the choice to use a tool such as variable charging to boost participation in recycling schemes and increase waste minimisation. It feels that though not all local authorities will want to use it, they should be given the choice to introduce it — something they cannot do under current legislation.

LARAC chair Joy Blizzard said: “LARAC is pleased to hear variable charging being talked about in such a positive manner by Defra and we will definitely be taking the opportunity to reinforce our previous message on the need for authorities to be given the freedom to adopt charging if they feel it will be of benefit.

“Local authorities are not ideally placed to influence waste minimisation although they do undertake good work on this, but charging could have the potential to make a real difference if sensitively implemented.”

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