As part of plans to give all households access to recycling by spring 2012, Harrow council has approved plans to offer recycling collections to 8,000 flats in the London borough
The proposals will allow residents in flats to recycle cans, tins, card, paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers.
The local authority's cabinet rubber-stamped proposals to start rolling-out 1,280 litre communal bins to 1,000 locations across the North West London council area later this month.
The London Waste and Recycling Board is funding the project and has awarded Harrow £381,000 for flats recycling in March 2011 as part of a £3.7m award spread across 18 projects.
According to the council's cabinet minutes, the £381,000 is expected to be split into £341,000 spent on procuring 1,000 communal bins and £40,000 spent on staffing resources for one year.
It is anticipated that the provision of recycling facilities for flatted properties will lead to an extra 1,500 tonnes of waste being recycled each year and could, potentially, add 1.5% to the councils existing recycling rate.
Harrow said its recycling and composting rate is expected to top 50 percent for the 2010/11 financial year.
"To recycle half of our domestic waste is a great achievement and I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this important milestone," said Councillor Phillip O'Dell, portfolio holder for environment at Harrow council.
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