Tories to reward recycling

Householders who recycle could earn £130 a year in shopping vouchers under a scheme planned by the Conservatives

Householders who recycle could earn £130 a year in shopping vouchers under a scheme planned by the Conservatives. Shadow chancellor George Osborne is unveiling the incentive plan as a contrast to what he describes as Labour's "indifferent" approach to the green agenda.

It follows a pilot scheme in Tory-controlled Windsor and Maidenhead Council which offers vouchers for retailers such as Marks & Spencer, and claims to have boosted recycling by 30 per cent.

In a speech at Imperial College, London, today, Osborne said that the initiative will be rolled out across the country if the party is elected, helping to save cash for landfill taxes.

In the first year of a Tory administration, central government carbon emissions would also be cut by 10 per cent, he is to say. This could save £300 million in energy costs which would be used to tackle debt.

"I want a Conservative Treasury to be in lead of developing the low carbon economy and financing a green recovery,” Osborne said. "For I see in this green recovery not just the fight against climate change, but the fight for jobs, the fight for new industry, the fight for lower family energy bills and the fight for less wasteful government."

The party has recruited three businesses to provide advice on how to cut carbon emissions - Tesco, BT and B&Q. Tory plans also include proposals for a "green" investment bank and eco-friendly ISAs.

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