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Two thirds of people favour financial rewards for recycling, says poll - COMMENT UPDATE

Almost two out of three people (64%) would prefer a system of financial rewards for recycling, a Mori poll commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed. The LGA has been calling for more local authority powers to bring in such schemes where appropriate. Council leaders have also just published proposals on how save as you throw schemes could work. To quell fears, leaders also promised that such schemes would not be used as a stealth tax to raise money and said that they should be supported by local people. The three schemes proposed for councils in England to reduce landfill waste include: * a sack-based system in which householders buy different sized pre-paid sacks for household waste * a weight-based system where wheelie bins are fitted with chips to allow the bins to be weighed when they are loaded onto the vehicle * a volume-based system in which households choose from a range of wheelie bin sizes depending on how much waste they think will be generated, and are charged accordingly. LGA chairman of the Environment Board Paul Bettison said: There will be parts of the country where save-as-you-throw schemes are not appropriate, and the final decision must be made by local councils in response to local need and in consultation with local people. There is now strong public support for schemes that reward people for recycling, and councils should be given the power to introduce these where it is appropriate. Green Party London Assembly member Darren Johnson said that such schemes should be introduced in London as a matter of urgency. But he added: Such schemes will only work if councils provide decent recycling facilities and make it as easy as possible for everyone to recycle." Comment: This only proves you can get the result you want from these polls by the way you ask the question. everyone I have spoken to thinks this will be a stealth tax and people will be paying more to have their bins emptied. you will get people using other peoples bins. Posted by Steve, 24/08/07

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