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In the papers today - Friday 25 May

An array of 'pay as you throw' rubbish schemes to reward people who recycle would cut rubbish volumes but save just £4 per year for the average household, according to government predictions.
The Government's waste strategy has set out ambitious goals to change business habits, reduce packaging and clamp down on junk mail. From next year local councils will be able to bring in variable charges for waste collections. These will reward those who recycle with cash rebates and increase charges to those who do not. Financial TimesBritain's largest waste and recycling groups said yesterday that local councils need more money if they are to satisfy the demands of the government's waste strategy - The TimesAfter months of speculation, ministers declared yesterday that they would not give councils the power to introduce a flat-rate 'rubbish tax' which every household would have to pay on top of council tax - The TelegraphThe Government is considering the privatisation of Britain's canal system as part of a wide-ranging review of the future funding of the nation's inland waterways. British Waterways confirmed yesterday that selling its 3,520km of canals will be an option, raising fears that the network would be purchased piecemeal - The Telegraph

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