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Mayor says that 'pay-as-you throw schemes' will be a 'disaster'

Ken Livingstone has criticised the Local Government Association (LGA) plans to charge Londoners for waste collections. The Mayor said that the plans would be a disaster for London and would lead to a huge increase in fly-tipping. His claims come in the light of the LGAs proposals to introduce pay-as-you-throw schemes which include charging for the amount of waste sacks householders throw away. The LGA also proposes that council tax bills will be cut for those residents who throw away less waste. A spokesman for the Mayor said: While the Mayor supports incentives, he strongly opposes the use of direct charging for collecting rubbish and believes its introduction would be a disaster in London particularly under the current arrangements where each borough manages its own rubbish. The Mayor believes it would have significant negative impacts on neighbouring boroughs, such as an increase in fly-tipping, if introduced on a borough-by-borough basis.

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