It seems that Harringay residents have received notification of the charges which will be made by Haringey Council for weekly garden waste collection from October (we haven't had ours yet) - £75 per year, and requires having a new wheelie bin. There's a lively discussion on Harringay online about it (thanks Roslyn for mentioning this). It doesn't sound as if the Council have thought out the issues which will arise from it - surprise surprise. In particular, the increase in fly tipping.
Given the ferocious cuts to Council funding, I am myself not averse to paying for garden waste collection - much better than where there was no collection. At present those without gardens are in effect subsidising those who do have them - and in particular those with large gardens who have a lot of prunings! So the poor are subsidising the rich. BUT we do not have room for another wheelie bin, as most other people probably don't, and the garden sacks are so much better - some weeks we have lots of garden waste, and use more than one sack, and most weeks we have none at all. The Veolia team just chuck the contents of the bags into large bins anyway. We don't have a car, so could not take the stuff to the recycling centre.
A fairer system of charging would be to have different levels according to council tax bands - since it is usually the large houses that have the large gardens. Surely this would not be difficult to administer?