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Miliband: negative press is consequence of success

David Miliband has brushed off negative stories in the press about recycling saying they are a consequence of the rapid growth of local authority schemes.

Speaking exclusively to MRW, the Environment Secretary said: These stories have come about because there is more recycling going on. We have quickly gone from being a low recycling country to a middle-ranked recycling country and we have got to carry on that progress.

I wouldnt say that it was inevitable we would get them as I dont think anything is inevitable, but there was a good chance it would happen when we have had rapid success.

Mr Miliband had earlier given a lecture at an event organised by the Fabian Society and hosted at the RSA in London, in which he advocated a scheme of personal carbon allowances.

This would mean that each person would be given a set amount of carbon, which would be registered on a credit card. Each time everybody pays for energy such as petrol, they would also lose some carbon credit. Those who do not use up their allocation would be able to trade it with people who need extra credit.

As part of this, he said the Government would need to ensure a regulatory framework was put in place for a low carbon economy.

He said: The Government will have to regulate to ensure our homes, workplaces and waste are dealt with properly for a low carbon economy.

And he said recycling could potentially play a part in his personal carbon allowance plans.

We need more incentive to encourage people to save energy and recycle and this scheme would help them do that.

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