Recycle while commuting!

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

London ReMade have provided funding for paper recycling bins at train and tube stations across London. Merton Council recently placed 18 of the bins at stations throughout the borough. The bins will be emptied by Merton Council’s waste operations crew.

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. Therefore special paper recycling bins were 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.

The new bins are located at Morden underground station; Wimbledon train, underground and tram station; Wimbledon South underground station, Wimbledon Park train station, Mitcham Junction station and Colliers Wood underground station.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: ‘I hope all residents and commuters will use the new bins to recycle their unwanted newspapers and magazines. So many are simply thrown away every day by passengers reading free papers such as the Metro, and I am glad this problem is finally being addressed.’


Notes to editors:

London Remade is a strategic partnership between the business sector, London Boroughs, regional government, waste management companies and the not-for profit sector. Funded in the main by London Development Agency regeneration funding, focus is on pan-London and addresses the economic aspects of recycling and regeneration.

Councillor Linda Kirby is Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality. Leading on ‘Safe, Clean and Green Merton’: improvements in the quality of the environment in our streets, parks and open spaces. Responsible for street cleaning, environmental enforcement including graffiti, fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles, refuse and recycling, environmental health, trading standards, parks and open spaces, community safety/policing issues and youth justice.