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Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent to date on (a) research, (b) preparation and (c) planning for the new charges for the collection of household waste. (251622)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: There are no new charges for the collection of household waste.

Powers provided by the Climate Change Act would allow up to five local authorities to pilot incentive schemes which help to reduce the levels of waste produced and to enhance the success of recycling programmes. These powers were requested by local authorities. However, no local authority has brought forward a proposal to use the powers.

In preparing for the clauses in the Climate Change Act, DEFRA’s research costs were £41,614.83. DEFRA also purchased data, used to inform the impact assessment, on the distributional impacts of waste charging in Flanders, at a cost of £2,166.40.

Other costs are salary costs which are part of the Department's normal budget.