Merton Council gives recycling a boost

Merton residents living in flats above shops, or in homes with no outside space, which are notoriously difficult for waste collectors to get to, will be able to recycle without braving the cold this Christmas as Merton Council launches a new recycling service.

Merton Council has distributed purple bags to people living in flats above shops or who have homes with doors opening on to main roads. These residents can now leave all their waste paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cartons and cans outside their homes secure in the knowledge the council will collect and recycle them.

Each home that qualifies under the new scheme now receives a supply of purple bags, which is sufficient for two bags to be used each week.

Residents wanting their recycling to be collected should put it out in front of their properties by 6am on collection day. Information about the Christmas rubbish and recycling collection date changes are available from local libraries, the civic centre and the internet site,

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: “We are absolutely committed to raising recycling levels in the borough and reducing the amount of rubbish we send to landfill. We therefore want to make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle their waste.”

For more information about this new collection service or to see if you are eligible to receive purple bags please see or call 020 8274 4902.