I've never lived or represented Kingston, Sutton, or Richmond. So I don't know their circumstances.
I would suggest most of Southwark is poorer than the boroughs you've quoted. It has higher levels of eco crime already.
So in Southwark my lot would not introduce this charge - it will depress the collection rate, some garden waste will end up in general waste stream and not be composted. This is bad for the environment in a number of ways.
But I'm unclear dc.
Do you think it the right thing to do in Southwark?
The introduction has no exceptions for people on benefits, low incomes, age, disability, anything. It's a regressive tax. It will hit people in ground floor council flats with tiny gardens. Easy to avoid the charge for those willing to put garden waste in the general green waste wheelie bins. It will collect more than the cost of all recycling collections per household that join in.
former Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward (2006-2018)