Cabinet agrees to future changes to bin collection services

Enfield Council’s Cabinet agreed yesterday (13 February 2019) to adopt new arrangements for waste and recycling collections in the borough.

The Council undertook a 10-week consultation in which it was made clear that the overriding motivation for any change was saving money due to Government funding cuts including the decision to end a Government grant to retain weekly collections.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Guney Dogan said: “Since 2010, Enfield Council has had to save £178 million because of Government spending cuts. This means that like every other local authority, Enfield Council is having to make some difficult decisions about how we deliver many of our services.

“However, under this new arrangement for waste collections, we are creating the opportunity to invest in street cleansing, which we know is a major concern for residents. We will put more resources into tackling fly tipping hotspots as all residents deserve clean streets. That is why we are investing an additional £500,000 annually into street cleansing and will operate a policy of collecting as much recycling as any household presents.”

Cllr Dogan explains the Cabinet’s decision and the changes in more detail in an open letter by Cllr Guney Dogan.

The new arrangements will mean the Council will:
* Collect household rubbish every fortnight rather than weekly alternating with dry recycling from Spring 2020
* Collect dry recycling every fortnight rather than weekly alternating with household rubbish from Spring 2020
* Provide a new free service of weekly separate food waste collections from November 2019
* Introduce a £65 per year, per bin, opt-in charge for the collection of garden waste. Those who choose not to pay will not receive this service from November 2019.

The new measures will only apply to kerbside properties with a wheeled bin. Residents will receive further information about the changes later this year.

To keep up-to-date on any future arrangements, why not sign up to Enfield Council’s waste and recycling newsletters.

Note, the decision is subject to call-in.

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