A new BBC survey has revealed that 79% of women and 70% of men believe they should be rewarded financially if they create less waste and recycle more.
From January English councils will be able to bid for pilot schemes to incentivise people for recycling more and deter them from throwing stuff away.
A much narrower majority – 55% of women and 50% of men – said it was only fair they should pay more if they throw away more. Just over 70% of both women and men said they would be more careful about creating waste if they had to pay for it to be collected.
But councils may be alarmed by another finding – 46% of men and 41% of women said they did not trust their local authority to administer any new waste charges fairly.
Ministers are hoping to attract English local authorities to bid for the pay-as-you-throw schemes permitted in the Climate Change Bill, which passes its final hurdle this week.
But previous pilot charging schemes have been hugely controversial, with a computerised chip-and-bin system in South Norfolk being abandoned after repeated technical failures and delays to bin rounds.
The Environment Minister Jane Kennedy responded to the BBC survey, saying: “It is encouraging that such a high proportion of people recognise the responsibility we all share to dispose of our waste in a way that reduces our impact on the environment.
“It is for local authorities to decide on the solutions that work best in their areas and we have provided them with all of the measures that they requested in order to do so.”
Welcome to ‘variable charging’. Just don’t go throwing rubble into your bin or inflated party balloons. Oh, and don’t forget to recycle. There’s that small matter of councils not taking most types of plastics, including food containers such as yoghurt pots ….