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Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the research, including opinion research and polling, which his Department has (a) undertaken in-house and (b) commissioned from external sources in relation to charging for the collection of household rubbish. (158097)

(a) No research has been undertaken in-house.

(b) DEFRA commissioned the following research:

The 2007 Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviours toward the Environment, undertaken by the British Market Research Bureau, which included a section on “attitudes to recycling” and sought views on whether individuals would “favour a system that rewarded them if they recycled everything they could and penalised them if they didn’t”. Fifty-two per cent. of residents were in favour of this statement, with 24 per cent. disagreeing or strongly disagreeing.

In addition, Eunomia Research and Consulting Ltd produced a report for DEFRA on the project ‘Modelling the Impact of Household Charging for Waste in England.’