The central London area has a high density population and the council said if refuse were left uncollected for two weeks it could create serious health issues. Many residents live in flats and do not have facilities to store their rubbish off the street.
Westminster City Councils cabinet member for street environment, Councillor Alan Bradley said: [The area] is an important business and tourist destinationWe take pride in keeping Westminster one of the cleanest cities in the UK.
A council spokesperson said that a one size fits all approach will not work. Councillor Bradley added: We believe that charging would increase illegal dumping as people try to avoid paying for disposal.