Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris: I'll Pay People for Recycling Their Rubbish

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris: I'll Pay People for Recycling Their Rubbish

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Byline: PIPPA CRERAR

BORIS JOHNSON unveiled his green manifesto today with a plan to payLondoners to recycle.

The Tory mayoral candidate pledged to boost household recycling by up to 200per cent and reduce waste sent to landfill. He said he would work with theboroughs to reward householders for going green rather than fining them.

He added: "It will actually improve the lives of thousands of Londoners." Localauthorities currently pay [pounds sterling]24 per tonne of waste sent to landfill, rising to[pounds sterling]48 per tonne in the next three years, and are likely to pass on the cost tohouseholds through a bin tax.

But Mr Johnson proposed a scheme which operates in more than 200 US cities andtowns to keep down landfill.

The firm would give every household a bin and every block of flats a box forall their recyclable waste which would be weighed when collected.

The amount recycled would then be recorded and the household issued voucherswhich can be spent at various outlets. …

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