London rubbish at recycling

Labour council warns landlords will be served with ‘anti-social orders’

A Labour council in London is taking the unusual measure of threatening landlords with community protection notices – associated with anti-social behaviour – if their tenants do not comply with recycling rules.

The Islington Gazette newspaper reports that the local council has voted to fine letting agents or landlords £47.14 and not empty their bins if their tenants have breached the rules on so-called contamination.

With the bins not emptied by council operatives, the landlord themselves would then be asked to empty the bin.
A councillor described by the newspaper as the local authority’s “eco chief” is quoted as saying: “It is anticipated that a charge will encourage managing agents and landlords to work with us to proactively engage with their residents to raise awareness of recycling and to reduce levels of contamination.”

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