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Another London borough looks into compulsory recycling

Hammersmith & Fulham council has confirmed that it is considering the introduction of compulsory recycling, but would only want to use it as a last resort.

Recycling development officer Janet Cruse said: Were gathering information from other boroughs [who have introduced compulsory recycling] at the moment, to put a case forward to the councillors.

But with a current recycling rate of around 22%, short of its Government-set target of 24%, it hopes to boost recycling through other avenues first.

The council has introduced a Smart Sack kerbside recycling scheme, Smart Banks and seasonal garden waste collections. And Cruse said the boroughs rates were actually creeping up. It also comes under the remit of the Recycle Western Riverside communications campaign, which aims to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle.

A decision to introduce compulsory recycling would put the council in the footsteps of several other London boroughs who have introduced it, including Barnet, Hackney, Bromley and Barnet.
But Hammersmith & Fulham indicated it only wanted to introduce it as a last resort. Once weve exhausted everything we should do, but we have got a few areas we need to address first, said Cruse.


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