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Fines may rise, warn councils

Threats to fine non-recycling residents will soar if the Government continues to rule out variable charging, it was claimed this week. The London Borough of Barnet controversially made recycling compulsory for all its householders last month - with repeat offenders facing £1,000 fines. Even the Green Party described this as "harsh" and called on local authorities to use incentive schemes rather to meet targets. But a council offering £200 prizes for recycling ...