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Variable charging ruled out

The Government will not allow local authorities to introduce variable charging over the short to medium term, according to Environment Minister Elliot Morley (pictured).

In response to questions from Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee chairman Andy Doran, in a video interview at the LARAC annual conference, Morley said: Given the pressures on people with Council Tax, it is not a great time to charge. There doesnt need to be a charge [on waste], but there can be incentives instead.

Long term, I am not going to rule anything out. But over the short to medium term, I would prefer incentive schemes.

The minister also said that variable charging would only be considered if it was part of big changes to the entire waste collection service in England.

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