Just over a month remains until the responsibility for bin collections across Hounslow changes hands.
From October 31, Hounslow Council (or its commercial arm Lampton 360 to be precise) will take over the service from contractor Sita-Suez.
The biggest difference for residents will be the introduction of fortnightly waste collections, though this will not happen until next year.
Here are more details on that and some of the other changes planned by the council once it takes control:
Waste collections from low-rise homes will change from weekly to fortnightly. This change is set to be phased in between mid-January and mid-March next year.
Recyclables and food waste will continue to be collected on a weekly basis, and weekly rubbish collections will continue for high-rise blocks.
The change is being made to save money and encourage people to recycle more.
New collection days?
Collections of different items (eg waste and recyclables) may take place on different days in the same street.
This is because the council is seeking to lower costs by optimising the routes its trucks take. This will not happen immediately.
Four-day working week?
A four-day working week could be introduced for household waste and recyclables collections.
The council says this would reduce disruption caused by bank holidays, though such a change is unlikely to be introduced for at least a year.
Fewer missed collections?
The number of missed collections will be reduced, the council says, as a new system will flag up any difficult-to-reach or often-missed properties as the crew enters that road.
'Seamless' transition promised
The council promises a "seamless" transition with little noticeable difference for residents initially, beyond the look and branding of the refuse trucks and uniforms.
Pay rise for staff
Staff will see the biggest difference, as all will now receive the London Living Wage.
Sita-Suez currently employs 160 staff in the borough and most are expected to transfer to work for the council.
Space Waye dump closure
Don't forget, the Space Waye dump in Feltham is set to close from October 3 for a month as part of preparations for the handover.
Once it reopens, the facility will only be available to the public at weekends. Council refuse trucks will be using it during the week until the new depot in Southall is completed.