In the new year, Londoners will have to put out less garbage at the curb for collection.
Councillors signed off on lowering the current four container limit to three in the wake of a staff recommendation.
Stats showed 90% of London households already put out less garbage than the limit.
Councillor Stephen Turner pushed his council colleagues to cut the limit even further, down to two.
“Let’s do a cost free alternative to that. Is it going to be inconvenient for some? Possibly, but I think with the committee’s recommendation and staff’s recommendation that we implement bag tags as well, it gives people who produce more waste some options.”
Councillor Harold Usher said he supports the two container limit in general, but couldn’t vote for it.
“I don’t think that the public is ready for this yet. Part of the reason is when I talk to people they still think of three bags, they don’t think of three containers. They never think about three bags going into one container. They never think about the weight.”
In the end, Turner’s two container motion failed by a vote of 9 to 3.
The new three container limit comes into effect in 2017.