Baroness Young, the Labour peer, speaking on behalf of the Environment Agency said there was ‘merit in charging people extra to collect rubbish that had not been sorted for recycling’.
However a Treasury official told the Financial Times: ‘We are not attracted to this as a way forward. We have already made it pretty clear that this is not going to be government policy.’
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, while distancing itself from Baroness Young’s comments said it had not ruled out charging for unsorted rubbish.
According to the paper, the idea does not hold favour with Gordon Brown, who fears that a rubbish collection charge would hit poor families and cost too much to administer.
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