Support for an earlier roll out of waste reduction incentive schemes and powers for council to run schemes autonomously has come from the Local Government Association (LGA) in response to a select committee report on Waste Reduction Pilots (February 21 2008, mrw.co.uk).
LGA Environment Board chairman Paul Bettison said: This report rightly points out that it is only councils, in consultation with local people, who can decide the best system for collecting waste and boosting recycling rates. Although pilot schemes are a step in the right direction, the power should be there for all councils to reward hard working families who do their bit for the environment.
The Government should bring forward amendments to the Climate Change Bill to give councils the power to introduce incentive schemes, as the Committee has recommended.
There will be parts of the country where financial incentive schemes are not appropriate, and the final decision must be made by local councils in response to local need and in consultation with local people.