Green-fingered residents in Hounslow will soon be hit with a £50 annual charge for having their garden waste collected.
The changes by Hounslow council will see the service, which is currently included in the council tax, turn to a fortnightly collection for households that want it from April 6 2016.
The current borough-wide collection service will be provided until this date.
Most homes that sign up to subscribe for the service will be provided with new, brown wheelie bins, or reusable sacks, which will be delivered at the end of March.
A 10% discount is being offered on the annual subscription which costs £50, or £25 of you receive council tax support, until February 29.
In addition, the council are offering a free composter (worth £20), on a first come, first serve basis, to households wishing to compost their garden waste at home.
Anyone who doesn’t want to pay, or cannot afford too, can take their garden waste to Space Waye reuse and recycling centre, in Pier Road, Feltham .
The changes were agreed by councillors in September to help the council save money and protect essential services.
Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow council, said: “During a time of harsh government cuts, the council has to make difficult decisions so we can protect essential services and keep council tax low.
“Not all residents use the garden waste service – but they all pay for it through their council tax. It’s fair to ask those who need it to pay a small amount to continue to receive a fortnightly doorstep service.”
For more information or to subscribe visit Hounslow Council Garden Waste Collection or call 020 8583 2060, Monday to Friday from 5pm-7.30pm until March 4.
Residents can also call the customer call centre on 020 8583 5555 during office hours.