HARROW Council is launching a new recycling scheme aimed at getting schools to introduce more ecofriendly rubbish collections.
Schools in Harrow throw out an average of 12 large bins a week, which is equivalent to 50 households' worth of rubbish.
Many of the schools already recycle paper,but the council is offering financial incentives for them to extend their recycling to plastic bottles, cans, glass and food containers.
By cutting the price of collecting 1,100-litre domestic bins from £17 to £10, and only charging £10 to collect the new recycling bins, it is hoped that schools will be encouraged to recycle more.
The council is urging schools to swap half their bins for recycling ones.
The council is also wants to make this transition easier for schools. Councillor Susan Hall, responsible for environment services, said: "We know teachers are incredibly busy, which is why we have produced a special pack explaining how the new bin system can be introduced with no fuss."
The council will visit state and private schools in the borough until the end of month to campaign for the change.