A primary school is delighted with its new bin, one of three new bins provided by Merton Council after requests by members of the public.
Councillor Ross Garrod and Interim Headteacher Lizzie Hudson with the new bin outside Lonesome Primary School, Mitcham.
The new bin, below, sits on the corner of a previously rubbish-strewn alleyway next to Lonesome Primary School in Grove Road, Mitcham.
A second has been put in Mitcham’s Recreation Way by the William Morris Primary School and a third in Bishopsford Road, Morden.
Calls for the rubbish bins, which accept dog waste, gum and general litter, were made to the council after problem areas were identified by members of the public.
Children and parents at Lonesome wrote to the council to request a bin to help tidy up the area.
The bins were installed a short time later and continue to be monitored.
Cabinet Member for Street Cleanliness and Parking Councillor Ross Garrod said: “I would like to congratulate parents at Lonesome School for running a fantastic campaign. It just shows how the community and the council can work together to help keep the local area clean.
“It is unsustainable to spend £5million a year picking up litter from the streets. I hope this bin will contribute positively to the local area.”
Lizzie Hudson, Lonesome Primary School’s Interim Headteacher, said: “It is great the council has provided a bin. We hope it will make a difference to the amount of rubbish on the floor.
“We have a lot of keen litter pickers who pick up rubbish in the school grounds but we still need to educate and persuade people to use the bin.”