Recycling 'should be properly rewarded'
13 May 2009 — 5:00 PM
Consumers need to be rewarded for recycling rather than punished for not doing so, it has been suggested.
According to a spokeswoman for Waste Watch, an environmental organisation that aims to educate on reducing levels of waste and resources, new schemes can work if they are communicated in the right way.
Commenting on proposals to introduce a pay-as-you-throw household rubbish scheme, Caroline Laitner said it was essential for the government to make sure they encourage green behaviour properly.
"If [the scheme is] communicated about in the right way, it could be a massive incentive for people to throw away less," she added.
Of course, one way to see an instant return on your waste is to consider mobile phone recycling, which can generate cash from old handsets that are no longer used.
Recent figures from Waste Watch showed that, on average, Brits throw away seven times their body weight in rubbish each year.
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