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A recent consultation on the future delivery of the service revealed that 87 per cent of residents preferred a free fortnightly service over a charged weekly service.

Cabinet are therefore recommended to adopt free fortnightly collections, which, if agreed, would start in March/April 2017.

The changes are required as a result of major reductions in government funding. Since 2010 Enfield Council has made savings of £118m and now need to find additional savings of £56m by 2019/20.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Councils across the country are faced with making unprecedented cuts to service provision. To that end, in order to save money, we are reviewing all our services to see if they can be delivered differently. The proposed changes to the green bin and food waste collection service have come about as a result of that review.

“Although the green bin collection service will change, we will not be altering the current weekly refuse or recycling services. We know residents value our weekly refuse collection service and we are committed to improving our recycling rates still further.”

Residents will be written to in due course explaining what action, if any, they need to take ahead of any changes made to the service.

For information on recycling visit our rubbish and recycling pages.

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