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Can householders be persuaded to accept pay as you throw?

Earlier this month LARAC re-ignited the debate about pay as you throw (PAYT) when it called for research into how a ‘discretionary direct charging system’ could be implemented in the UK.

LARAC believes that without a complete overhaul of ...

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