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Pay-by-weight only a matter of time

The controversial method of charging people for how much waste they produce will come to the UK, according to Plastic Omnium marketing manager Simon Dutta.

The waste containment firm has this week launched an all-in-one weighing system, Ecosourcing, which provides both software and hardware, including chipped bins and weighing technology.

Dutta said: "We believe quite strongly that if the Government wants to get serious about recycling and get the UK near other European countries' recycling levels, then it will have to introduce a weight-based scheme."

As MRW revealed last week, there is some confusion as to whether local authorities will be allowed to charge residents for how much waste they produce in order to encourage recycling.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) insists it has no plans to allow variable waste charging.

But it has put aside £5 million for the trials of incentive schemes later this year, and a Labour spokesman admitted this would include variable charging schemes (see MRW story).

Variable charging already exists for commercial and industrial waste in the UK and Dutta said the UK was likely follow its European neighbours in charging for household waste too.

As a result, Plastic Omnium has brought Ecosourcing to these shores after success with the system elsewhere in Europe.

Dutta added: "The Government is already talking about incentive schemes - weight based schemes - and our new system would be ideal for this."

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