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Participation levels promising as Brent goes compulsory

As Brent Council gears up to launch its compulsory recycling scheme initial participation signs are promising as the authority has reported 733 new recycling box orders in one week.

This is a growth in demand when compared with the 134 orders for green boxes received the fortnight before.

Council leader Paul Lorber said: Two-thirds of what people throw away can be recycled, and its easy to do using the green box scheme, so compulsory recycling should help us make a substantial improvement.

"The early signs are good more and more people are getting involved.

The council is due to start its scheme on August 4, when residents living in houses and houses converted into flats will have to recycle eight types of material. Anyone refusing to take part could be fined up to £1000.

Materials such as paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles, textiles, shoes, batteries and engine oil will be collected weekly.

However, estates with tower blocks will not be part of the compulsory scheme because the fire brigade advised the council that green boxes could be a fire or trip hazard. A council spokesman added that the boxes were impractical for flats. But residents in flats can still recycle using communal facilities.

Recycling rates in Brent are currently at 25% but the council has a target of 30% by 2010.

Local people have been urged by the council to order the boxes or contact it if they need any information about what or when to recycle.

Image: Councillor Paul Lorber at the depot with council staff and some of the 40,000 green boxes is stored.

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