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Asked repeatedly what the point of having quite extensive pilots on the issue, lasting for the next few years if the Government knew that it would not take the policy forward, the PMS replied that the Government had said it would legislate to enable pilots to create incentives for recycling and the Government would have to evaluate the impact of those pilots before making a final decision. The legislation was enabling legislation so the Government was not forcing any local authorities involved in the pilots to participate in them; it would be for local authorities to volunteer both for whether they wanted to participate in the pilots and the nature of the incentives that they would like to introduce. We would have to see whether any local authorities decided that they did want to participate in these projects.

Put that he was talking about incentives rather than penalties, the PMS said that the legislation set out quite clearly what the terms of reference were and what the criteria was for the pilots and that had not changed.

Asked if legislation allowed councils to bring in charges beyond the pilot scheme, the PMS said that it was his understanding that there were pilot schemes to enable incentives and clearly there were different types of incentives that councils could choose to introduce. The key thing was that it would be for the councils to bring forward proposals and to decide whether or not they wanted to participate.

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