Brent Council has voted to make recycling compulsory from June this year after consultations found strong public support for it (February 4 2008), mrw.co.uk).
Compulsory recycling will apply to homes that use the councils green box scheme and participation will be monitored. Recycling officers will visit residents that fail to take part, but those who persistently and deliberately fail to participate will be prosecuted, and could face fines up to £1,000.
Council Lead Member for Environment, Planning and Culture Irwin Van Colle said: "Compulsory recycling is aimed at the minority who don't make any effort to use their green box at all."
Brents recycling rate was 21.7% rate in 2006/07, but the council has pledged to reach 30% by 2010.