Fulfilling another election pledge, Mayor John Biggs and his Cabinet have scrapped the bulky waste charge.
Each household is entitled to two free collections per year – with up to five items per collection.
The £15 charge for collecting bulky waste was introduced by the previous mayor in June 2012.
Residents should phone Streetline to arrange collections.
Mayor John Biggs said:
“I have always been very clear that I want a Tower Hamlets where all communities work together and where improving our environment - from bins to bikes to green spaces - is at the heart of what we do.
“The previous mayor exacerbated the waste problem by introducing charges for bulk waste collection. I’m very pleased that we’re scrapping that and we should now see some results – hopefully we won’t be seeing old mattresses on our streets!”
Cllr Ayas Miah, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Tower Hamlets Labour Group ran a very strong campaign to Clean Up Tower Hamlets at the beginning of this year and it’s fantastic to actually put our ideas into action. We have also set aside around £200,000 for new cleaning vehicles and more street sweepers to support the council’s waste management efforts.
“We’re delivering on our promise and, while there is still a lot of work to do, we’re really focussing on cleaning up our borough.”