Merton proposes time banded waste collections

Merton Council’s drive to keep the borough’s streets clean is taking another positive step with proposals to introduce a time-specific waste collection scheme in Wimbledon.

Under the scheme, which is supported by local business group Love Wimbledon, there will be time bands for how long residential and commercial waste can be left out for collection and the time it takes for it to be collected. The scheme will be piloted in a defined area of Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon town centre.

Time banding aims to improve the cleanliness and overall street environment by reducing the amount of time that waste sacks are left on the street outside local businesses. This will be applicable to the period of the day when businesses, visitors and residents most heavily use our streets.

The key features of the scheme are:

– Businesses and residents can only leave their waste sacks on the public highway between 5am to 6am and 5pm to 6pm;

– Waste can be placed on the footway, immediately against your premises;

– Waste must be fully contained in an authorised sack;

– Any waste left outside of these times will result in the producer being issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Over the next few weeks Merton Council will be out talking to local businesses and residents in the identified time banded area about any concerns or questions they may have on the scheme.

Time banding has already been successfully implemented in other London boroughs. This scheme, if successful in Wimbledon, will then be rolled out across other town centres in Merton.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for performance and implementation, Councillor Mark Betteridge, said: ‘This is a positive initiative for those who live, work and visit Merton. Time banding will help improve the cleanliness of our streets and make our town centres more pleasant and attractive for all. We want to make Wimbledon a destination town centre for people to visit. I would encourage residents and local businesses in the proposed time banded area to feed back their views on the scheme to Merton so we can ensure all views are considered.’

Local businesses are encouraged to feed back to the proposed time banded collections by emailing WSGCorrespondence@merton.gov.uk

More information on time-banding in Merton is available at http://www.merton.gov.uk

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Note to editors
The area proposed in the consultation would affect businesses which leave black sacks outside on the pavement and those who live above businesses.