The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has reiterated that vulnerable households will be taken into consideration for pay-as-you-throw scheme proposals.
Defra said that it will consider all the proposals for pilot pay-as-you-throw schemes and local authorities will be expected to demonstrate how the schemes would take account of vulnerable households. Only those that get the green light from Defra will get the go ahead from Ministers.
A Defra spokeswoman said: Vulnerable families could include large families who are maybe on benefits and families with lots of children who might find it difficult to reduce their waste.
If schemes are given the go ahead they will be implemented in areas that already offer good kerbside recycling facilities and have high recycling rates. The proposal to run pilots is tied to the Climate Change Bill, which is going through the Committee stages in the House of Lords at the moment.
Defra has also made clear that if local authorities decide to introduce a charge for rubbish it will be up to them on what level of charge they introduce.