Rubbish collectors will not receive any subsidies in a multimillion-dollar waste reduction plan because the Government fears they will abuse the system. The Draft Waste Reduction Plan, which will be released today, dismisses several key components of a report commissioned by the Government, which recommended paying charities, voluntary and statutory organisations and private companies recycling waste. At the present rate, Hong Kong's landfills will be filled by 2011. The consultant's study suggested their life could be extended until 2017. Although a pilot scheme is under consideration, the potential for fraud and the Government's commitment to free trade means Planning Environment and Lands officials have failed to come up with a scheme, according to documents obtained by the South China Morning Post. The Government also refuses to commit itself to a comprehensive green purchasing policy, opting instead to consider 'green specification' for tenders when the cost justifies it. Other key recommendations by the consultants - covering the issues of green labelling and the establishment of a waste advisory body - have been excluded from the Waste Reduction Plan. The Government proposes a voluntary rather than mandatory approach to tackling the territory's mounting waste problem, using market-driven partnerships with the private sector. The long-awaited plan, which comes almost two years after the completion of the consultant's Waste Reduction Study, aims to reduce the amount of municipal rubbish by 40 per cent in the next 10 years. Minimising and recycling will account for 20 per cent of the targeted cuts with the rest being reduced by waste-to-energy incineration and composting of organic waste. A team within the Environmental Protection Department will spearhead the Waste Reduction Plan, which will encourage manufacturers to take responsibility for reducing their waste, educate the public and involve the Urban and Regional Councils, Housing Authority and Housing Department in waste reduction. The introduction of the plan will cost $22 million in the first year of operation, representing a $3 million saving on total waste management costs. By 2007 the price will have risen to $1.06 billion, saving $251 million by reducing the amount of waste going into landfills.