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The Bin Bugs are back

Pay-as-you-throw trial hints at local tax rises - Telegraph

...the Government, keen to avoid huge EU fines for failing to recycle enough rubbish and to reduce the amount dumped in landfill, yesterday unveiled proposals for trial pay-as-you-throw schemes.

Joan Ruddock, the waste minister, invited up to five town halls to apply to start imposing what she called "incentives" on households to collect their waste.....

everyone could face higher council taxes as town halls struggled to fund the new schemes – potentially involving "spy in the bin" microchips in wheelie bins.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimates that start-up costs for pay-as-you-throw schemes will be up £200,000 per council, with annual running costs between £200,000 and £500,000. If the schemes were rolled out across Britain, Defra says they could cost up to £60 million a year on average...

Too good a chance to mulct us more to pass up. Whilst I won't welcome the increase rubbish dumped in my gateways I will welcome the debate it opens up of only paying for council services I actually use, the rumbles are starting...


Of course only 2.7% of local authority expenditure is actually on waste management (circa £105 per household per annum I think has been estimated by Defra).

Only paying for council services you actually use?

Don't delude yourself.

The pay-as-you-throw charges will be additional to everything you already pay.

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