Multi-tasking challenge: Recycle while commuting!

In order to recycle even more in the borough, Merton Council will place containers at a number of train and tube stations in the borough so that commuters can conveniently discard unwanted magazines and newspapers.

Merton Council recently received 20 of the bins to place in the borough from London ReMade, who has provided funding for paper recycling bins at train and tube stations across London.

With the distribution of free newspapers and magazines to commuters, there has been an increase in the amount of paper being deposited into litter-bins at underground and rail stations. In response, some of the London Boroughs started investigating the possibility of separating paper waste at stations for recycling.

The London Borough of Camden began a pilot scheme in April 2002, which proved to be very successful. Special paper recycling bins have thus been designed and supplied by Linpac Environmental, which have ridged surfaces to prevent fly-posting; a narrow aperture to prevent contamination of the paper with litter; and locks for security reasons.

Merton’s 20 new bins will be located at the following stations from July 2004: Morden, Wimbledon, Wimbledon South, Wimbledon Park, Mitcham Junction and Colliers Wood, with permission still being sought for placing bins at Raynes Park station.