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Household bins could be fitted with microchips to calculate how much waste hoseholds produce, under new plans for a 'pay as you throw' waste scheme.Different sized rubbish bags or bins that customers pre-pay for were others ideas proposed for the scheme that would see Brit pay for waste collection based on how much rubbish they throw away.Almost two-thirds of people polled by the Local Government Association (LGA) said they would support such system that meant lower council tax and charges according to how much rubbish household produced, and offering discounts for recyclers. However, in practice it is unlikely that paying for waste would result in substantial council tax cuts.Only one in five was strongly against any change to waste collection. The chairman of the LGA's Environment Board, Councillor Paul Bettison, said in a statement: "If councils introduce save-as-you-throw schemes, it will be to promote recycling, not to generate extra cash through an extra stealth tax." However the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "People may be prepared to accept variable charging as an issue of fairness, but cuts in council tax would have to be in the order of £20 a month to justify charging."

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