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Changes to waste and recycling collections are coming…

With less than three weeks to go until recycling in Lambeth becomes compulsory, residents are being asked to look out for a special booklet that is being delivered to households shortly explaining the changes.

From Monday April 4 people could face fines of up to £1,000 if they persistently refuse to recycle.

The changes to recycling and waste collection arrangements are designed to help reduce the amount we all throw away and save money.

Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member for Environment on Lambeth Council, said: “Thanks to the support of the majority of residents we have made great strides forward increasing recycling rates over the past few years, but we need to go even further in reducing the amount the borough throws away if we are all to avoid expensive disposal costs in the future.

“Compulsory recycling will make sure that everyone plays their part, because reducing waste and increasing recycling is not just about helping the environment, it’s about keeping costs down too. We will all be hit in the pocket if the minority of people don’t do their bit.”

Other changes include a new “opt-in” service for garden waste, with people no longer allowed to put garden waste in the normal waste bins and encouraged to home compost instead.

Some properties will see a change to their collection day, and residents will also be asked to make sure they put their bin out for collection on the pavement at the front of their property.

There will also be charges for bulky waste to bring Lambeth into line with most other boroughs, and encourage people to think more carefully about throwing away large items.

The booklet, called “Recycling and Refuse: A guide to your services” details all these changes and also contains information on what you can and can’t put in your orange bag.

It’s important people look out for it and keep it somewhere safe so they can refer to it in the future. It is also on the council website at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/recycling. The costs of disposing of waste nationally are rising year on year and the council will have to pay £128 for every tonne of waste it has to dispose of next year. The total cost to the council, and therefore taxpayers, of collecting and disposing of waste is around £34 million a year and is set to rise.

By making these changes it is estimated the council and council taxpayers will save around £400,000 a year, as well as increasing recycling levels to about 35 per cent, up from 27 per cent currently. For every 1 per cent increase made in the recycling rate, the council could save £50,000 in disposal costs.The changes are intended to put Lambeth among the top boroughs in inner London for recycling.

For more information, help or advice on recycling please contact recycling@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 9000.

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