Pay as you throw scheme for town

TOWN chiefs will consider a “pay as you throw” scheme to charge residents less council tax but make them pay for how much rubbish they chuck out.A survey published by the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests almost two-thirds of people would support the system of collecting waste.

TOWN chiefs will consider a “pay as you throw” scheme to charge residents less council tax but make them pay for how much rubbish they chuck out.

A survey published by the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests almost two-thirds of people would support the system of collecting waste.

The idea, which is meant to encourage people to recycle more, could see people paying more for rubbish collection depending on the size of their wheelie bin.

Alternatively charges could be levied once hi-tech microchips weigh the amount of rubbish being thrown away.

Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, Liz Harsant, said it is something that should be considered.

She said: “It is something, among other ideas, that we would like to look at.

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“Giving people an incentive to recycle is a good idea.

“I think if it had potential benefits we would have to weigh them up with the cost.

“I'm not sure if it would get overall approval - it would take a lot of research as to how it would work.

Ipswich currently has a recycling rate of 47 per cent although council chiefs are keen to improve this further.

Mrs Harsant said Ipswich Borough council will also be looking at the viability of introducing bottle collections in the town.

She said: “We are very keen to look at it as it is the missing link in the recycling chain at the moment.”

The LGA has said any pay as you throw scheme would be dependent on local circumstances and would have to be supported by residents.

Would you support a “pay as you throw scheme”? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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