It looks like the weekly year-round door-to-door garden waste collection will soon become a thing of the past.
The collection in the winter months was introduced just two years ago, but proposals to be discussed by Redbridge next week could revert to the previous situation where waste was collected in summer months only. If agreed, collections would stop in December and not begin again until March. In future years collections would run only between March and November.
Councillor John Howard, Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “In 2013 the Council extended the Green Garden Waste collection so that it continued all year round. This was possible thanks to £1.1m of funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
“This funding has now run out and we need to adapt to this and the other financial pressures we face. We don’t want to scrap the service because we know residents really value it so we propose to make it available at the times of the year when there is the greatest need.”
At the time it was introduced, Wansteadium did wonder how much green garden waste was actually produced by gardeners in the depths of winter, though having the door-to-door collection of Christmas trees was undoubtedly welcome.
If the proposals are agreed though, a collection of Christmas trees will still take place in the first two weeks of January, on the same day as normal rubbish and recycling.