Dog Waste Now Contaminates Redbridge Litter Bins

, 10 February 2017, Tags:

I see that the London Borough of Redbridge are removing the bins for dog waste from parks in the borough and telling dog owners to put the waste into the general litter bins. Much of this general litter consists of recyclables – glass bottles, drinks cans, paper and cardboard wrapping, plastic wrapping and the like. Does the addition of dog waste mean that all this, recyclable or not, ends up in landfill? I cannot find any information on this subject on the council’s website, except the statement by Vision rcl that ‘there will be double the number of bins to dispose of dog waste in parks and open spaces… making it easier for people to clean up after their pets’.

I have also checked on the street litter bins in my immediate area (Christchurch Green and Wanstead High Street) and – apart from the recycling site under the railway viaduct at Snaresbrook station - none of them have any means of separating recyclable and non-recyclable material, unlike those provided in our neighbouring borough of Waltham Forest. Given the pressure on Redbridge residents to sort their rubbish into recyclables and non-recyclables, this lack of separation in the public street bins seems to be sending the wrong message. I should like to know the council’s position on this, since I can find nothing relevant on the council’s website. Bins with separate compartments for recyclables and non-recyclables, are, after all, readily available (e.g. http://www.baileystreetscene.co.uk/street-furniture/litter-bins/recycling.html).

Ann Williams, Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party

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