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Public will find pay-as-you-throw schemes hard to swallow, says Conservative MP

Pay per throw schemes will not initially be accepted by the public, Shadow Environment Minister Greg Barker told the LARAC conference saying he believed that the public are upset about rises in council tax. He said that making people pay more on top of council tax increases would not be popular. Offering an alternative he said: We want to incentivise waste reduction by rewarding good behaviour for less in your bin. We want to make it pay to do the right thing. Before treading the tax path, we want to try incentives first. Council tax must be broken down to show the amount charged for different services and help people understand and connect with what they pay for waste collection, before we talk about increasing costs. Barkers preference for incentives rather than in full appeared to go against evidence from an earlier speaker. Explaining how Flanders, in Belgium achieved recycling rates of 70%, community service and household recycling engineer Danny Wille said that schemes had been a key part of policies to produce a high recycling rate. He said: The reaction of the public depends on how the scheme is brought in. He also recommended good communications and said that his regions runs three to four awareness campaigns each year. Image: Greg Barker, Shadow Environment Minister

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