Free bulky waste disposal is being introduced in a bid to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping in Hounslow.
From June 8, residents across the borough will be able to take one van-load of bulky household waste per calendar year for free to Space Waye, Hounslow Council's re-use and recycling centre in Feltham.
Until now, people have been charged to have items like old fridges and mattresses collected from their homes or to leave them at Space Waye, in Pier Road, off Faggs Road.
The council hopes lifting the charge will discourage citizens from dumping their waste on public land, which is a crime.
Deputy council leader Amrit Mann said: "Fly-tipping is a problem across London, and Hounslow is no exception.
"We listened when people told us that they dump their rubbish instead of taking it to Space Waye because of the collection and waste fee.
"By giving all residents one free van-load of rubbish this will make our streets more attractive, cleaner and safer.
"But it will not stop us from monitoring known fly-tipping hot spots and issuing fines when we catch people dumping rubbish – and we will catch them!"
Should residents want to bring more than one van-load of rubbish to Space Waye per year, they will be charged at the current trade/building waste disposal rate.
For more information about bulky waste disposal in Hounslow, call Space Waye on 020 8890 0917.