How many black rubbish bags do you and your family need each year for landfill waste?
If a new scheme is introduced throughout the UK, families may be rationed to 80 bags of rubbish per year!
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Families face being rationed to 80 bags of rubbish a year.
Households throwing away more waste will have to take it to the tip or buy a limited number of extra bags.
The scheme is already in use with one council, is being introduced by another and is under consideration by up to 180 more.
The quotas are the latest attempt by local authorities to cut down on waste to meet EU targets.
Doretta Cocks, of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collections, said: ‘This is rationing.
‘Some councils with fortnightly collections and wheelie bins are already doing it by reducing the size of their wheelie bins.
‘They must think we are idiots. How can they claim to be concerned for the environment when they tell people to drive to the local tip?
‘And what do you do if you don’t have a car? Walk?’
The quotas fly in the face of vows from ministers to end such heavy-handedness.
Eric Pickles, Communities and Local Government Secretary, has repeatedly promised an end to fortnightly collections and bin fines.
Yet since the election, 13 councils – covering half a million people – have introduced fortnightly collections.
And in areas with such collections those who overfill wheelie bins are typically liable to £100 penalties.
The bag quota regime is to be imposed by the Tory-led council in Wokingham, Berkshire, and is already in operation in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.
Many of the 180 councils that still offer unrestricted weekly rubbish collections are watching the trial.
Wokingham officials have told residents that 75-litre sacks will be given to each household and anything not left in them will not be collected.
‘Every household will receive 80 bags every year,’ it said. ‘You can buy extra bags in rolls of ten but this will be deterred as a general practice.’
Families of five will get 100 rubbish bags a year and households of six or more will get 120. A council spokesman said yesterday that those who cannot keep to their quota will have to drive to municipal tips to get rid of their rubbish.
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