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Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to encourage recycling with the use of financial incentives. (220041)

The Climate Change Bill includes powers for up to five local authorities in England to pilot waste incentive schemes, to encourage household waste minimisation and recycling.

It will be up to local authorities to decide whether they wish to apply to be a pilot and the form of their proposals, including whether for reward only or charge and reward schemes. All schemes must encourage householders to reduce the amount of waste they produce and increase the amount they recycle.