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London boroughs turn to compulsory recycling

Harrow council is set to introduce compulsory recycling next week along with a weekly green waste collection.(See previous MRW story)

The new scheme will start on July 3, the same day fellow London borough Bromley introduces compulsory recycling (see previous MRW story).

Compulsory recycling is already in place in the London boroughs of Barnet and Hackney, with Barnet announcing last week that it would be gathering evidence against two households for not recycling, in preparation for court action.

Another London council, Lewisham, may also bring in compulsory recycling. In response to a question on whether Lewisham would follow Barnet and Hackney’s example at a council meeting last week deputy mayor Heidi Alexander said the council would consider “any inducements or penalties that encourage residents to recycle, including if necessary the use of fixed penalty notices”.

Harrow council said the move was part of its strategy to further increase recycling in the borough in order to meet Government targets.

Councillor Eileen Kinnear said: “These changes will encourage residents to use these services correctly and recycle everything they can. It is everyone’s responsibility to adopt the recycling habit.”

From next week all Harrow homes served by brown bins, for green waste, and green boxes, for dry recyclables, will have to recycle. Those who consistently and deliberately fail to recycle will receive warnings and could receive fixed penalty notices of £75. Persistent offenders could be prosecuted by the council and fined up to £1,000 by a magistrates court.

Harrow will collect brown bins weekly in the warmer months and fortnightly between the end of November and Easter. Waste bins will be collected fortnightly and home composters will available free of charge to residents.

The council says compulsory recycling will not apply to flats until it has completed the installation of their recycling facilities.

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