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Berlin is Clean. No rubbish. No mess. So why are Merton and Kingston not the same? A change in direction for Recycling and Rubbish collection is needed in Europe


Each day social media is full of posts about the rubbish and mess that abounds in Merton and other localities. I don’t seek these posts they are there in their droves . Just search for #muckymerton and see what emerges.

The pattern is too familiar. Fewer collections of any type, rubbish dumped at bins , rubbish just dumped. End result is a total mess and more rats. I have seen more rats this year 2018 than in the combined 20+ years I have been living in the area. This is not even mentioning the mess foxes make . Take a walk through any Merton area around midnight to 5 am and the foxes are having a party. They are breeding well and in our area Monday night is festival night for them. Folks put their rubbish out for a Tuesday collection and the foxes firstly collect it then spread it over whole streets. We must accept that we are partially at fault here as asked to put rubbish out by 6 am . And everyone loves getting up at 6 am to do this.

Merton has been trialling things that are certainly unconventional. In the face of ever increasing mess and litter in some areas and parks they are removing waste bins and replacing them with , well, nothing.

I am no refuse disposal expert but then clearly neither are the council. But what I do see is other cities and towns in Europe that are devoid of rubbish and clean despite having far more citizens and visitors. Earlier this year I wrote a post on Ljubljana in Slovenia where underground rubbish and recycling bins provide an excellent solution.

https://arcticterntalk.org/2018/06/26/recycling-made-easy-in-ljubljana-a-lesson-for-uk-councils/amp/

The collection is also simpler with workers not having to handle any of the lovely rubbish and recycling.

What prompted me to write this article today is Berlin. This is summer . Tourist peak season. Temperatures around 34c . Yet walking to some business appointments there is no rubbish. Bins are either empty or certainly not full. Containers like small skips allow rubbish and recycling to be collected. Maybe the mentality is better too. Less fly tipping and discarding aimlessly of rubbish. Simply Berlin is clean. Whatever systems are used and funded Merton and other councils could do worse than learning about and adopting .

Following my post on Ljubljana I learned that such underground recycling and rubbish collection facilities are available in parts of Southern Spain and Northern England. This is not futuristic thinking its plain common sense and needs funding and adoption.

To me the way things are going in Merton, watching rats run free next to roads , rubbish piled up and bins overflowing, we have a system that is not working and in many regards is not unlike London in the 1700’s. Whoever decides , funds and is accountable is failing the residents. The better step is adoption of change , not reducing collections . Look for alternative options. Otherwise, I can see legal challenges from residents who pay their council taxes. We are traveling right now in the wrong direction.

Recycling Made Easy In Ljubljana. A Lesson for UK Councils


Taking a walk around Merton most days, especially on bin day, you see rubbish everywhere. Rubbish left behind, rubbish not collected and rubbish strewn from bags broken open by the hordes of neighbourhood urban foxes. A lot of it is preventable by sensible management of rubbish, for example do not leave rubbish bas out overnight, but some is not preventable.

Recycling and bin collection for the last centre a weekly thing, now is becoming fortnightly or potentially not at all. Rubbish also need not be rubbish. The Welsh Council in Brycir area near Caernavon do not permit rubbish, all waste gets recycled under some guise, providing around 4-6 different coloured wheelie bins.

Ljubljana is the capital city in Slovenia and a beautiful city and country. 00003267

Slovenia Beauty In Photographs

https://arcticterntalk.org/2018/06/12/slovenia-is-a-country-to-visit-soon/

Slovenia however is not associated with being the paradigm shift in recycling and rubbish collection. Anyone walking through the city would see any number of beautiful sights and monuments. The graffiti art is unique. What might look almost irrelevant are a number of ¬†bins in a line fixed to the street. These are the recycling bins and rubbish bins divided up in a normal manner. What is clever is that these are not small bins that get full in hours or days, but in fact they lead to underground “bins” which are then emptied or collected by large recycling vehicles. The rubbish is thus neither in sight nor in smell. This is a wonderfully simple concept and surely replicable. No need for rubbish bags lining streets , minimising the amount of rubbish decorating pavements and front gardens. Some initial cost surely , but why should not UK councils also consider this clever option. So how does it work?

Underground collection units are used in the centre of Ljubljana to replace common waste bins and thus unburden public areas and make the city look nicer. Glass, packaging and paper can be deposited in underground collection units by anybody, while you need the relevant card to deposit biological waste.The first underground collection units were installed in 2008 and there are currently 41 of such collection units in Ljubljana (3 not yet activated). The aim is to ensure that the maximum distance of any user from the unit is 150 metres. They are simple to use.

  • Place the card on the scanner next to the collection unit lid.
  • Once the scanner recognises the card, the lid of the underground collection unit automatically opens.
  • Drop the garbage bag into the opening and manually close the lid.
  • If you have several garbage bags, repeat the procedure. The maximum allowed volume of a bag is 40 litres.

 

 

 

 

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