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Redbridge Council proposes to suspend garden waste collection for the winter

PUBLISHED: 11:37 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:14 08 November 2016

Green waste bins

Green waste bins

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If the plans go ahead, the council will no longer collect green waste from the kerbside between November and March, before resuming collections between April and October.

This would mean collections would be halted from December 2 this year and not resume until April 2017.

Cllr 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.”

Residents will be able to dispose of green waste at three collection sites across the borough, which will be open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm, and purchase a compost bin for £5:

- Wanstead Leisure Centre car park, in Redbridge Lane West, Wanstead

- Fullwell Cross car park, High Street, Barkingside

- Cricklefields car park, Cricklefield Place, Ilford

Cllr Howard added, “It’s worth remembering that green waste such as grass trimmings, plant cuttings, and weeds are ideal for composting alongside waste from the home such as shredded paper, cardboard, and egg shells.

“Composting is great for the environment and is a fantastic natural way to dispose of garden waste.

“We’d like to encourage more residents to find out the benefits of composting which is why if this proposal is agreed we’ll be reducing the price of our compost bins to just £5 to our residents.”

The report will be discussed at Neighbourhoods Service Committee on November 16.


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