Merton Council is taking recycling into the streets as part of its commitment to increasing recycling across the borough.
Over 20 bins are being placed near tram, train and tube stations to catch the 1.6 million free newspapers and magazines given out everyday in London and the empty cans, plastic bottles, glass containers and cartons that are currently just thrown away in litter bins.
Recycling bins have also been introduced to Haydons Road Recreation Ground, Dundonald Recreation Ground, Raynes Park Sports Ground, John Innes Recreation Ground and Colliers Wood Recreation Ground to encourage residents to recycle their paper, empty cans, plastic bottles and cartons while they are out and about – and not just while they are at home.
Last year, Merton recycled 30 per cent of household waste in the borough. This year the recycling rate has already increased to 32 per cent.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: ‘People are very good at recycling when they are in their own homes but in the past it has been more difficult for them to recycle plastic bottles or empty cans while they are out and about in the borough.
‘We want to make recycling easier for people and turn it into part of everyday life. I hope that having lots of recycling bins near local stations and in our parks will encourage everyone to recycle their rubbish wherever they are.’
Last year, Merton Council and Haydon, official Womble mascot from the local football team AFC Wimbledon, launched the ‘Bin it Don’t sling it’ campaign, particularly aimed at young people, to make them think about the consequences of dropping rubbish on the street. For more information visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/binit
Recycling bins will be introduced near the following stations:
Belgrave Walk tram station
Dundonald Road tram station
Haydon’s Road train station
Merton Park tram station
Mitcham Junction train station
Mitcham tram station
Morden Road tram station
Phipps Bridge tram station
South Merton train station
South Wimbledon underground station
St Helier train station
Tooting train station
Wimbledon station, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon Park underground stations all have existing paper recycling facilities.
First collections will be Saturday 19 September. Collections are three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.
A total of three per cent – or 2000 tonnes – of waste that goes to landfill each year comes from street cleaning.
Recycling bins are also to be added to Cannizaro Park once building works are complete.