It has been revealed that Croydon council is to introduce a compulsory recycling scheme next year, reports

Residents in the area who breach the new rules will have their recycling bins inspected in the few weeks after. If no improvement is seen, then they may face a fine of £80.

The Council said the move was the ‘next logical step’ in increasing recycling rates and keeping waste from landfill sites.

Commenting on the scheme, Councillor Phil Thomas, who is cabinet member for highways and environmental services, told that the council is getting tough on recycling.

He said: We want to find out if people who aren’t recycling don’t have the required box or don’t understand what they should be doing, and we want to work with them. If they don’t want to cooperate, we will find them and, where necessary, take legal action as a last resort.”

However he said that most of the residents in Croydon were successful at recycling and wouldn’t need to change much.

It is hoped that the new measures will save the council around £200,000 a year.

The new scheme was agreed on at a council meeting earlier this month. It will come into place on January 2013 next year.

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