Ilford residents left confused as Redbridge Council continues collecting non-standard garden waste bags
PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 18 May 2017
Redbridge Council collected non-standard garden waste for one last time on Monday in a bid to encourage residents to pay to use its new paid-for service.
The council’s new green waste collection service, which charges residents £50 for a roll of specific bags that must be used, caused controversy when it was introduced earlier this year.
Bryan Robinson, of Vine Gardens, Ilford, told the Recorder of his shock when he noticed both standard and non-standard green waste bags were being collected on Monday morning.
“They came down the road chucking all of them into the back of their van, whether it was old green bags or the new ones people have paid for.
“I would be complaining about wasting my money if I was one of the people that had paid £50.
“The funny thing is the only bag that was left down the whole road was one of the new ones.
“They were picking up all sizes as well, I thought there was a new weight limit for each bag but I guess not.”
A Redbridge Council spokesman confirmed this was the last time non-standard green waste bags would be collected.
He said: “The Council has decided to do a one-off collection of the old style garden waste bags contents in case gardeners are unaware of the new arrangements and in order to encourage take up of the new service.”