Wednesday, June 30, 1999 Published at 00:30 GMT 01:30 UK
New plans for old waste
150 million tonnes of rubbish is produced in England and Wales each year
The government is to publish new ideas for reducing the amount of rubbish produced in England and Wales - and for increasing the amount recycled.
About a fifth of this rubbish is currently buried underground in landfill sites.
However, the EU and many local communities are opposed to landfill because of the possibility of long-term pollution. In its Draft Waste Strategy, a final consultation paper to be published on Wednesday, the government will explore alternative methods of disposal.
However, green pressure groups say that instead of promoting incinerators, the government should do more to encourage recycling.
It is possible that the draft strategy will also include a plan to introduce a tax on rubbish, with households being charged according to how much they produce.
Similar waste management proposals are being developed in Scotland and Northern Ireland.