Harrow Council is making changes to the way waste and recycling is collected across the borough, with the aim of reducing the amount of waste the council sends to landfill and making Harrow the best borough in London for recycling by 2017.
From October 2015 there will be separate collections for food waste and garden waste, and from April 2016 will include an optional annual charge of £75 for the collection of garden waste.
The council says that together these savings will help it fund other “vital frontline services” necessary to support the most vulnerable and to keep the borough clean.
“By introducing a small charge we can continue to collect the garden waste for those who need it, but also save the Council nearly £2m annually. This is the equivalent of over 30 social workers or repairing 57,000 potholes”
There will also be a £25 concessionary rate for residents in receipt of Council Tax Support.
“These changes will make the service fairer for all of our residents and help the council to save around £2m a year,” the council says.
Cllr Graham Henson, Portfolio holder for Environment, Crime & Community Safety, said: “The financial climate that we find ourselves in is challenging. We have looked hard to see how we can save money, whilst also protecting our frontline services for the most vulnerable, and keeping our Borough clean.
“We think it’s fairer to introduce a small optional charge of twenty pence a day for a garden waste collection, rather than having to cut this service.
“By introducing a small charge we can continue to collect the garden waste for those who need it, but also save the Council nearly £2m annually. This is the equivalent of over 30 social workers or repairing 57,000 potholes.
“We are already in the top three boroughs across London for recycling, which we can be proud of. I hope this change will not only save us vital money, but also make us the best in London for recycling. By working together not only will we protect vital services in Harrow, but in the longer term we can reduce the volume of damaging waste sent to landfill.”