Do you support the proposed Rubbish Tax?


#1

Do you support a rubbish tax?

  • Yes
  • No

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I spotted this item on BBC news today:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5290060.stm

"Councils should be given powers to charge households for getting rid of non-recyclable rubbish, a think tank has urged the government.

The Institute for Public Policy Research said a “pay as you throw” system was the only way to improve the UK’s poor recycling record. "

Is it a good idea to tax people on the weight of rubbish they dont recycle? Will this encourage recycling, or fly-tipping? Is it a good environmental policy, or just a stealth tax?


#2

Here in Victoria, Australia, they were a bit more cunning - they gave us 2 big recycle bins for paper/cardboard/glass and garden waste, and replaced our big general rubbish bins with small ones.

But you’re right. People will just dump rubbish everywhere rather than paying for it.


#3

yeh they did that in the UK also


#4

I think it’s a reasonable tax on the source end. Whether it’s truly good, though, will depend on where the tax money is placed.