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Lambeth consultation on compulsory recycling to go ahead

Councillors have given the go ahead for a consultation on a compulsory recycling scheme in the London Borough of Lambeth.

The consultation, which will begin in April, comes as part of Lambeths new Waste Action Framework (WAF), which will also start in April.

The WAF aims to boost recycling levels and avoid landfill tax related penalties. The council has calculated that the cost of disposing of waste in the borough will be about £4.6 million over the next two years because of increases in landfill tax and disposal costs.

A council spokesman said: The consultation on compulsory recycling will examine residents reactions to an option that we want to explore. Now the Waste Action Framework has been voted on we have the green light to begin consultation.

Prior to the decision we had looked at examples of compulsory recycling schemes run in other London Boroughs like Barnet, Brent, Harrow and Southwark, our neighbouring borough. The consultation will help us to decide which schemes are right for Lambeth.

"We will be looking at red and yellow card warning systems, which have been used in other boroughs, for residents who systematically refuse to participate.

As well as compulsory recycling, the council plans to trial food waste collections, and will introduce new garden waste and commercial recycling services under the WAF.

While the council has 48 action points in its new waste plan, contentious alternate week collections were not among them. The council also stated that it is not proposing to introduce flat lid or side waste schemes under which councils will not collect extra bags or overfilled bin. However, it added that it will monitor how such schemes work in other boroughs.


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