Friday, 26 June 2009

Eco Bribes, the Future of Recycling?

Greetings,

I'm not convinced by the latest scheme devised to increase household recycling rates, rewarding households with shopping vouchers. Surely education and encouragement is a better approach than bribing or fining the general public where recycling is concerned? Otherwise where is the incentive to recycle when you are not at home, what reason is there for you to recycle beyond the financial incentives?

The pilot scheme being rolled out in Windsor and Maidenhead is bound to prove to be a success but I have to question whether by educating the general public about the economic and environmental benefits of their domestic recycling, similar successes could be won without the need for backhanders? Any thoughts anyone? Happy to reconsider!

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

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