Thursday 23 June 2005 8.28am
What made me curious is why so much of this stuff should have ended up in Tanner Street
in the first place. Southwark Council
's Environment Inspectors opened the bags, found the material, recorded it, tagged the bags and left them on the street (where they were subsequently kicked over by a drunk, spreading the rubbish far and wide).
I did a couple of photographs of the mess and sent them to both the Ministry of Sound
and to Southwark. Southwark replied that the matter was being "looked into" and I haven't heard a thing from the Ministry of Sound
The underlying problem is that, with a mixed local economy (commercial and residential side by side) rubbish collection schedules are not very well defined. Commercial collections seem to happen daily, sometimes twice or three times, on Bermondsey St and a lot of residents think that those same collections apply to domestic rubbish. Unfortunately this isn't the case with the result that black bags are always (mostly) collected on a Monday but they are also collected on other days (without any official schedule).
Then the Environment Inspectors swoop down and start opening bags and slapping 'Envirocrime scene' stickers on everything in sight. All of which leaves most people confused. Then there is the recycling box situation where passersby use our recycling box as a place to dump their rubbish.
Enough already! I must stop talking rubbish, I could go on all day.