Friday 24 November 2017

Weight-based system needed to cut landfill strain

Reducing the amount of waste we produce and send to landfill will be almost impossible unless households are incentivised to do the right thing.
Reducing the amount of waste we produce and send to landfill will be almost impossible unless households are incentivised to do the right thing.
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Reducing the amount of waste we produce and send to landfill will be almost impossible unless households are incentivised to do the right thing.

Efforts to introduce a pay-by-weight system which rewards "good" behaviour have been stymied by a lack of preparation, a failure to inform the public and a very real sense that some operators appear to be penalising their customers for their insistence in engaging in below-cost selling for the past number of years.

It's not as if the concept of 'polluter pays' is new, foisted upon an unsuspecting public. It was set out more than 40 years ago in the 1975 Waste Framework Directive. In fact, since 2005 all waste collectors have been required to implement a pay-by-use charging system, but the problem is there are so many variations.

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