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Wake up call for LATS

Local authorities in England have yet to wake up to the full implications of the landfill trading allowance system (LATS), believes Glyn Jones, of the Environment Department at the University of York.

Many authorities are overly optimistic in their estimates for what they will need each year, while some council officers seem reluctant to trade allowances, said Jones, in a presentation to the recent Tackling Waste 2005 conference at the University of Nottingham.

Jones told delegates: "Currently, most authorities are just thinking about what infrastructure they need in place to meet their allowances. Officers are scared to take the responsibility of buying allowances at certain prices."

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