Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.
Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.
He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.
It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.
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The Met Office says the weekend was one of the coldest late August bank holidays on record in the Greater London area.
While the Notting Hill Carnival was a washout, the Met Office says the wettest place over the bank holiday weekend was St James Park. 37.6mm of rain fell in 24 hours from 9am on Monday morning. That's 75% of the average August rainfall for that area.
Forecaster Billy Payne said: "We do get these very wet days in summer sometimes, but it's not too often we see widespread heavy rain like that over a whole day."
In the ITV London region, the coldest place over the bank holiday was Wisley near Woking with a chilling 4.4 degrees in the early hours of Sunday morning.
In London, the lowest temperature was recorded at Kew Gardens: 5.6 degrees on Sunday morning.
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The RSCPA has launched an investigation after a video of a teenager - who is believed to live in London - has appeared online. The boy is seen thrusting his dog into a bucket of water in an apparent 'Ice Bucket Challenge'.
Some viewers may find this video distressing.
“The aim of the ice bucket challenge is to raise money and awareness for charity - this ‘stunt’ goes against everything it stands for.
Any responsible pet owner would be shocked by this.
It is likely that the puppy in the footage could have been caused distress, if not harm, and we are very concerned that others would think this is appropriate.
Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence under law and we would strongly urge people not to copy this video.”
The boy reportedly defended himself on Facebook saying, “I’m sorry my dog slipped out my hand.”
A man in his 30's has been killed after his car came off the road and slammed into a bank on Saturday afternoon. The man died at the scene, following the crash on the London-bound M26 at Kemsing, Kent. He was the only person in the car and no other vehicles are believed to have been involved.
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David Beckham got a drenching today, the latest celebrity to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. He was nominated by American TV presenter Ryan Seacrest.
Stripped down to his jeans three men soak him using one of the biggest buckets yet. Beckham went on to nominate Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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