Littering in Merton is a pile of rubbish says council

Merton Council set up a box of rubbish in Morden town centre today to demonstrate the amount of litter that’s collected from the local area on a daily basis. 

Councillor Judy Saunders with Mohamad Salim and Danny Jeeves, members of Merton Council's clean team, with the box of litter at midday

Councillor Judy Saunders with Mohamad Salim and Danny Jeeves, members of Merton Council’s clean team, with the box of litter at midday

As part of its zero-tolerance approach to litter, the council’s waste services team filled a giant Perspex container with all the litter that is typically picked up from Morden on a daily basis and placed it in the town centre to highlight the impact litter has on the local community.

Although a recent independent survey showed that that 72% of residents would describe Merton streets as clean, the council is continuing its fight against litter and fly-tipping. Educating people about the effects of environmental crime, as well as taking tougher enforcement on people who drop litter, is the latest initiative in the council’s anti-litter campaign. This follows the council’s publication of its anti-litter code, its partnership with Kingdom enforcement officers, on-the-spot £75 penalty charge notices, the installation of special gum and cigarette butt bins across the borough and new high tech smart bins in parks. The council also teamed up with Love Clean Streets earlier this year to allow residents to report litter and fly-tipping through the free Love Clean Streets smartphone app.

Tying into its anti-litter initiative, the council’s waste enforcement team has also carried out community clean-ups in Morden and Mitcham with local residents and Merton Matters recently to shout loud and clear that there is no excuse for dropping litter on Merton’s streets. Further clean up events are being planned in Wimbledon and Raynes Park on Saturday 11 October from 10am-12pm.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness Councillor Judy Saunders said: “Merton is a great place to live but a small minority of people continue to litter our streets. Putting this box of litter in Morden town centre shows just how much litter is collected on a daily basis. Our clean teams are out around the clock clearing up litter and fly-tips with the council spending over £5million every year keeping our streets cleans – that is money it could spend on other services to benefit the community.

“We know the vast majority of people look after where they live, but we want to crack down on the few who spoil the local environment for the rest of us. Thanks to residents who are standing up to those who litter by getting involved in their local area and becoming Street Champions. If getting out and about to clean up isn’t your thing, you can still become a Street Champion by being the eyes and ears of the community and reporting issues that need to be addressed.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. A Public Value Review survey carried out by BMG Research, a leading national Market Research organisation, showed that 72% of residents would describe Merton streets as clean.
  2. Street Champions clean-ups on Saturday 11 October in Wimbledon and Raynes Park:

Wimbledon’s clean-up will meet at Haydon’s Road Recreation Ground, and will work its way up Haydon’s Road, turning right into Plough Lane and coming back into Wandle Meadow Nature Trail, into North Road, and back to Haydon’s Road Recreation Ground.

The Raynes Park clean-up will meet on West Barnes Lane at the junction of Bodnant Gardens, and cover West Barnes up to Coombe Lane, through Raynes Park town centre up Grand Drive, into Bushey Road and back to the starting point through Tesco in New Malden.