Households will have to spend more time sorting food waste from other rubbish under £10bn proposals to boost recycling and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Waste companies are today pledging to invest the sum to try to increase recycling rates from about half to two thirds.
That’s two costs there, not one. First, the £10 billion, that’s clearly a cost. Then there’s the extra, unpaid, labour that all have to expend in order to sort waste.
As I’ve been known to point out before add in the time cost of that labour and we’d do better to stick it all into landfill unsorted.