Compulsory recycling recently introduced in Hackney has already pushed recycling rates up.
The council reports that some areas have seen 20% rises in recycling tonnages since the borough made recycling mandatory at the end of February.
Figures for March showed an extra 26 tonnes of recyclables were collected and the borough has also seen recycling rates rise outside the compulsory zone – showing a knock-on effect.
Hackney’s overall recycling rate for March, confirmed by the North London Waste Authority was 19.6%, up on its final quarter average for 2005/06 of 18.3%.
Hackney corporate director for neighbourhoods and regeneration Fiona Fletcher Smith said: “With the introduction of new services, residents across the borough are finding it really easy and convenient to do their bit. Introducing compulsory recycling has helped drive the message home and already we are seeing results.”