It is one of the first councils in the country to do so.Any households who continually refuse to recycle will have their collections suspended under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
In April 2019 the councils recycling rate was 38 per cent, but the latest figures from August show that the recycling rate has risen to 42 per cent.
Islington Council has a similar policy, and sends recycling wardens to issue fines as a last resort if households continually refuse to recycle.
Lewes District Council managed to reach an all-time high of its recycling rate 43 per cent in May this year by replacing its old system of boxes and bags with a single wheelie bin.
Year on year, refuse collected in May was 150 tonnes less and kerbside recycling 44 tonnes more. The kerbside food waste collection service also increased from 77 tonnes to 98 tonnes over the same period.
Cllr David Renard, LGA Environment spokesman, said: Councils want to increase recycling rates. Clearer labelling and increased charges for hard to recycle products would help councils, manufacturers and the public be part of a vital recycling revolution.
Councils are doing all they can to improve recycling rates, which is why all councils in England collect paper and cans for recycling, and almost all councils collect plastic bottles, card and glass.
If we are serious about improving recycling rates, then the next government needs to commit to reforms that ensure producerspay the full cost of recycling packaging. More importantly, manufacturers need to reduce waste at the point of source to stop unnecessary and unrecyclable material becoming an issue in the first place.
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