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Pay as you throw’ reports dismissed by EU body

Posted on 15 February 2016

Newspaper reports suggesting that the European Union is to impose ‘pay-as-you-throw’ charges on household waste collections have been dismissed by a European body representing local authorities.

The European Committee of the Regions has poured cold water on reports in the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Express newspapers published this weekend (14 February) suggesting that ‘pay-as you-throw plans’ are being drawn up by the EU, which include “a new tax on waste collection”.

But the controversial ‘Pay-as-you-throw’ (PAYT) concept does have the backing of some senior figures within the UK’s waste and recycling sector as a potential way to boost recycling rates.

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