Magazine article Public Finance

Whitehall Changes Tack on Councils' Pay-as-You-Throw Powers

Magazine article Public Finance

Whitehall Changes Tack on Councils' Pay-as-You-Throw Powers

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Local government leaders and environmental campaigners are awaiting further details after ministers set out proposals allowing councils to trial 'save-as-you-throw' recycling schemes.

In an eleventh-hour about-turn, a power to allow local authorities to pilot financial incentives for household recycling was included among proposed changes to the Climate Change Bill.

An announcement had been planned for last week but was reportedly vetoed by Downing Street. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has since said the plans are back on - but in pilot form.

Defra's announcement coincided with a stinging report from the influential Commons Public Accounts Committee, which urged ministers to take 'tough decisions and practical steps' to promote large-scale recycling.

The committee's report, published on October 30, said the government had been too slow to reduce the reliance on landfill for waste disposal.

The Local Government Association said the turnaround was a step in the right direction. …

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