Other benefits of the deal include the return of free garden waste collections, the use of lorries that can collect general waste and recycling in one go to reduce disruption and a change in shift patterns that mean Putney and Roehampton residents will no longer be disturbed by early collections on Saturday mornings. Garden waste will be collected with general rubbish and sent to a facility at Belvedere that converts waste into electricity for the National Grid.
The new deal, which comes into effect on the 1st April, will also see residents issued with three rolls of 30 orange recycling sacks once a year, rather than having them delivered quarterly.
Unlike some other authorities, including Labour-run Merton Council, Wandsworth has no intention of making residents separate their food waste. Local residents are urged to compost their kitchen waste and the council has negotiated a special offer on containers to help them do so. It has also partnered with a local firm to offer a significant discount on on-sink food waste disposers. More details can be found at www.wandsworth.gov.uk.
Kim Caddy, Conservative candidate in the forthcoming Southfields by-election, says: "This new deal delivers great benefits for residents by improving services and cutting costs. We want to help our residents be environmentally conscious in the easiest possible way, not have them sort their rubbish into half a dozen different boxes each week. I think the reintroduction of free garden waste collection is great news, especially at this time of year when many of us are first venturing into the garden after winter."