Finally, someone\’s getting the point:
Householders will earn up to £150 a year from recycling their rubbish under a scheme designed to reward those who put waste in the correct bins.
Sorting to recycle takes time. Your time is worth money. Thus those insisting you recycle should pay you for your time in sorting to recycle.
The best (in fact, only, as neither the UK nor EU governments have bothered to study the question) estimates of time required are 15 minutes per household per week for simple recycling, 45 minutes for complex with food and garden waste.
At minimum wage this 13-39 hours per year is worth £75 to £225 a year.
That £150 a year offer is in the right ball park.
One proviso though: if, when the cost of this offer is included, recycling loses money (yes, including the externalities upon the environment) then we shouldn\’t in fact be doing such recycling. For it would then be clear that whatever benefits there are to it are not outweighed by the cost of peoples\’ time to do it.
I look forward to the results of the scheme.