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First 'pay-as-you-throw' scheme launched by local council

Published 13th April, 2010 by Neil Nixon

First 'pay-as-you-throw' scheme launched by local council

The first pay-as-you-throw rubbish scheme is set to be launched, Bristol City Council have announced. Under the plans, bin men will weigh each household’s weekly rubbish with the council reimbursing the least wasteful homes with money or vouchers to spend in local shops, depending on by how much they manage to reduce their waste.

Under the local authority’s plans, residents of 2362 homes in the city will be invited to take part in the six-month pilot, with town hall officials stating the scheme is designed to encourage green behaviour.

They have also offered assurances that those who continue to fill their dustbins excessively will not be fined.

The volunteers will be given a microchipped wheelie bin so the amount they throw out can be weighed and recorded, with the amount of waste per resident calculated.
Steve Wright, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “Britain lags behind the rest of Europe in terms of the amount we recycle and this needs to be addressed. Schemes like this one will help residents to become more conscious of what they are throwing away, helping them reduce waste. We support rewards within voluntary schemes to assist people as they develop greener habits, as part of a wider strategy of education and encouragement to increase the amount we recycle.”