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Islington to begin compulsory recycling from 4 April

Islington residents may face fixed penalty notices of £110 for not recycling, under a new compulsory recycling service to be introduced in the borough from April 2011.

The new scheme will require residents to correctly treat all recyclable items at home, instead of putting them in the residual waste.

If residents do not comply they will initially be given help and advice and visits from an advisor to ensure they have the correct bins. Fixed penalty notices will only be imposed as a last resort.

The decision to adopt the compulsory system follows “huge Government funding cuts” and the increasing cost of waste disposal over recycling due to rising landfill tax.

Islington council executive member for the environment Cllr Paul Smith said: “Islington is the London borough hardest hit by cuts from central Government, and to protect services and keep council tax down we need to save money wherever we can.”

“Recycling saves money and recycling more means the money saved can be spent on important Islington services rather than being thrown away on our rubbish. We’re not trying to catch anyone out and we thank everyone who is already recycling. But we do think everyone should do their bit.”

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