11 Apr '11, 9am

Populist scrapping of bin fines means higher council tax bills, blow to localism, less recycling:

Fines for fly-tipping or failing to recycle are to be scaled back or scrapped altogether under controversial new waste management plans being worked on by the government. Environment minister Caroline Spelman is expected to announce the changes next month, meaning that those who repeatedly fail to put their rubbish out on the right day or recycle incorrectly will no longer receive fixed-penalty notices. FURTHER READING London throws £4m at latest waste-to-fuel plant CRC could increase cost of recycling, warns waste industry Meanwhile, councils will be prevented from levying fines for fly-tipping for all but the worst offences. Local government minister Bob Neill and environment minister Lord Henley have also warned against councils "charging by the back door" for waste services through schemes that force taxpayers to buy 'official' rubbish sacks from town halls. The coalit...

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