AN estimated 20 tonnes of leaves is being cleared from the borough's roads a day.

Nine crews from Waltham Forest Council have started removing the leaves in an attempt to reduce the chance of people slipping on them and to increase the borough's recycling rates.

The authority is one of only a handful of councils in the country which has a dedicated leaf clearance team.

All the foliage collected will be used as compost in the borough's parks.

Waltham Forest Council's cabinet member for environment Cllr Clyde Loakes said: “We're doing this in direct response to residents' requests and we are removing and recycling an astonishing amount of leaves every single day from our streets.

“Autumn in Waltham Forest is a fantastic sight but we need to keep our roads and pavements clear for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

“This is a really big job, we've got lots of trees and bushes because we're one of the greenest borough's in London, so we're asking residents to bear with us while we finish.”