It’s back to the streets for the Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Andrew Judge, who joined the refuse team last Tuesday and helped with their rounds in West Barnes and Cannon Hill.
The Leader joined one of the council’s refuse teams to find out how the rounds were working since the council improved the way it carries out collections in the summer by introducing patch working.
Patch working is where every week the same crews return to the same patches in the borough to collect refuse and recycling. The changes took place at the end of July after the council listened to feedback from residents and looked at monitoring surveys about these services. As a result the refuse and recycling collection days changed for 80 per cent of households.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Judge, joined one of the patch crews to see how the change had improved the way they work. He said: “‘Working with this team gave a real insight into the tremendous work of our refuse teams. They perform a job of hard physical work thoroughly and well and are a credit to the borough: always cheerful and helpful to residents and extremely efficient and effective in removing rubbish – taking real care with their work.’
The improved way of working has increased the local knowledge of the crews and created a greater sense of pride in the areas, leading to improved services and a cleaner borough. By changing to patch working there will always be at least one regular and knowledgeable permanent staff member on each patch who can share their knowledge with the rest of the team.
An online road search facility is available at http://www.merton.gov.uk/refuse to find out the refuse/recycling collection day for every street in Merton.
PHOTO: Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Judge, joins members of Patch Team 4: Andy Grant, Mickey Dobson and Mark Furness.