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Local Government Association "unsurprised" as councils shun bin pilots

Councils reluctance to take part in the Governments pay-as-you-throw pilot schemes is no surprise, the Local Government Association has said.

The organisation criticised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for not publishing rules on how the pilots would operate.

LGA deputy chair Richard Kemp said: The LGA has lobbied for councils to be able to introduce waste incentive schemes if and when its right to do so and in a way that works locally. Evidence from America and the continent has shown these schemes can boost recycling and reward those households that do their bit for the environment.

It is unsurprising that no councils have come forward to take part in the pilots given that Defra has not published its rules for how they must operate. In the absence of any steer ahead of the deadline, local authorities were understandably reluctant.

"It is vital that people continue to recycle as much as possible. Local authorities and local people are facing huge EU fines if we do not stop sending so much waste into landfill, which will lead to hikes in council tax and cuts in services.

But Defra denied this saying there had been extensive guidance and advice available for local authorities throughout the whole process.

A spokesperson said: Extensive draft guidance documents have been available for local authorities since June 2008, and we sought views from local authorities on this guidance last summer. Both Defra and WRAP have also been available to provide support and guidance to local authorities considering how they could use the powers in the Climate Change Act.


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