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Bin tax in England could help the UK meet net zero climate target

A green rubbish bin being loaded onto a refuse cart in the UK

A bin tax in England could limit the amount of rubbish people throw out

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Households in England should be made to pay for the amount of rubbish they throw away and be banned from putting plastic in their bins to boost recycling, the UK government’s advisers have urged ministers.

Domestic recycling rates in England have stalled at around 45 per cent of waste since 2012, leaving significant amounts of rubbish still being sent to landfill or burned at incinerators.

The idea of a “pay-to-throw” rubbish scheme was last seriously examined …