Saturday 20 June 2009 11.41pm
I was standing waiting for a 344 bus on the corner Marshalsea Road
and Southwark Bridge Road
on the morning of Saturday, 20th June, 2009 when the rubbish collectors arrived to take away the waste that is supposed to be recycled. There was a gentleman who had just spent approx 5 mins sorting out what goes in what recycle bin to walk away looking a little confused. He saw, as did I tha all the contents of the 4 different recycling bins that are situated opposite the junction of Southwark Bridge Road
and Great Guildford Street
all go into 1 rubbish truck, in one go, no seperation, and clearly no recycling going on through Southwark Council
I myself have spent a long time with one big clean up project to feel good that I'm doing my bit for the environment. I see many people from the area, including my family members who spend the time to individually recycle waste into the respective bins, but now that I've seen this. Errrr... what for?!?
I have seen a dumper truck which takes in the different bins seperately in the past, but really, there is no excuse for this. I also made an appoinment to have an old computer monitor disposed in the 'correct manner' as it contained a lot of lead within its components. And same again, Southwark Council
's rubbish team just threw it all into the back of similar kind of truck. Upon questioning the rubbish man, he said "nah, it all goes to the same place".
So, it would seem that Southwark are just maintaining their government quota on the surface at least to make it look as though they're doing their bit. But in reality, they clearly aren't. And how much is my council tax again?!? I wonder how many other borough's around town are doing the same thing.
We do have one of the worst records for recycling within all of the Europe member states. However petty it may seem, we live on a tiny island. We're going to run out of land fills at some point...
But more to the point, what the hell are the people at Southwark Council
below playing at?
Resource programme team
Tel: 020 7525 2491
Manor Place Depot
30-34 Penrose Street