If you live in Edinburgh, you may soon be rewarded according to how much recycling you do. The Edinburgh Council is reportedly discussing a variety of plans that would reward householders for recycling their waste. The Council wants to commence collecting food waste beginning next year in an attempt to reduce its huge landfill tax burden, which currently runs in the millions.
One of the incentive programs introduced is based on a popular plan from New Castle. It requires setting up a draw for participating households who recycle to win cash prizes. The money for the prizes would come from some of the pounds saved on the landfill tax. The same plan, has apparently, had success in Newcastle.
The Council needs desperately to cut its annual landfill cost, which is expected to grow to £12 million in 2014. It also needs to get momentum underway because of the Scottish Government planned ban on binned biodegradable waste by 2017.
Some members are concerned about the way the recycling goals are being sought. For instance, there was a measure under consideration to use microchips in order to determine the amount of recycling done on a per home basis. This plan was given up. Nonetheless, at least one member expressed views that if the council keeps considering such drastic measures as chips and rewards, the whole recycling program could become a nightmare.
He is concerned about public sentiment against measures like microchips and greed over winning a draw. Recycling should be handled like any other civic matter when it comes to compliance, some have warned, and not have these desperate circus tactics enacted.