Residents in one part of London are gearing up for the introduction of compulsory recycling next month.
From August 4, people in Brent living in houses or houses converted into flats will have to recycle or face or a fine of up to £1,000.
Brent Council is introducing the new regulations in a bid to increase its recycling rate and avoid rising landfill costs.
Its landfill bill is set to be around £7m this year, but council chiefs predict it could increase to as much as £10m by 2011 if it continues to collect the same amount of waste.
A huge publicity campaign has been underway to alert local people to the change and hundreds of households have ordered recycling boxes from the council.
Council leader Cllr Paul Lorber said: "I want to say thank you to everyone who is already recycling. If you aren't, you should get involved to avoid a fine.
"We all have to recycle more or the cost will be passed onto local people. And recycling will help us preserve the planet for future generations.
"Two-thirds of what people throw away can be recycled, and it's 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. Let's work together to make Brent one of the best recycling boroughs in Britain."
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