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UK in the 'throws of a domestic waste recycling revolution' - COMMENT UPDATE

One out of five people said they were prepared to pay more council tax in return for full recycling and energy efficiency services, and almost two-thirds now recycle their domestic waste, according to a new survey.

The research from Hyder Consulting found on average UK adults were prepared to pay £1.52 a month for better recycling services, which it said equated to about £461 million a year. And 8% said they would be willing to pay £10 a month or more for better recycling services.

Almost half questioned called for local authorities to penalise those who dont recycle by charging them more council tax, and three-quarters said discounts should be given to those who met personal recycling targets.

Commenting on the findings, liberal democrat shadow environment secretary Chris Huhne said: The taxation system must be used much more intelligently to tackle the problem of waste management. Fiscal incentives should be tailored to motivate people to reuse and recycle materials.

People also wanted more from their councils: over half surveyed wanted more recycling boxes and almost a third wanted more literature on waste minimisation.

Hyder Consulting head of environmental services Chris Evans said: This report highlights that the UK is in the throws of a domestic waste recycling revolution with many households adopting waste recycling in a bid to live more environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
31/7/06: At the moment my council will only let me put paper, cardboard, and plastic bottles, in my recycling bin. Things like yogurt pots, supermaket containers, glass bottles etc are not allowed. Before they are allowed to charge people for their rubbish collections, the Goverment should make councils collect any material that is recyclable. At the moment they are being allowed to cherry pick what is recycled but blame the public for any low recycling rates.
Posted by S.T.Prior

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