The city of London, colloquially known as the Square Mile, is 1.12 square miles in area. Although the city only has a resident population of 9,401, over 300,000 people work there. Tourism intelligence collated by the City of London identified over 6.5 million visits to notable City of London attractions in 2015, including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Monument and the Bank of England, with the Square Mile receiving over 10 million visitors.
Strange then, that the city only has 46 public bins and only 13 public recycling bins for such enormous footfall.
Neglectful oversight? A security measure designed to counter terror attacks? The reason is actually a lot simpler. A City of London report allegedly concluded:
“…in general, in the City litter bins can encourage illegal dumping, look unsightly, encourage vermin, impact on recycling tonnages and that placing litter bins City-wide would not improve the situation and could well have a negative impact upon the overall street scene environment.”
If the provision of more bins just generates greater amounts of rubbish, a bigger recycling bill and an undesirable impact, Terry Bedford argues maybe it is time to start looking at a bigger and better way to deal with waste.
"The effective collection and disposal of rubbish can be a costly and timely process. This is compounded when infrequent removal of waste results in neglected and vandalised bins; encouraging vermin, fly-tipping and a growing disregard and disconnection amongst residents towards their surrounding area."
"I am impressed by social landlords and housing associations, frustrated by this avoidable and costly cleaning bill, who are increasingly looking at smart ways to consolidate their waste storage stations and combat the problem."
"‘Rather than distributing multiple 140L 2-wheeled bins for individual tenants, an eyesore at the best of times and significantly worse when over-flowing or vandalised, shared 4 wheel bins with a 770-1280L capacity are being rolled out. These are located in convenient communal areas and housed within either PBM wasteSTOR™ waste stream enclosures for 660-1280L bins or PBH wasteSTOR walk-in bin rooms; secure, purpose-built stores with attractive cladding and apertures that prevent unauthorised usage or contamination of recyclables. These are already being used in the private sector with great effect."
"With the opportunity to vandalise and unscheduled waste removal visits eliminated, these waste stores quickly pay for themselves and as there are less bins to empty, collections can happen more regularly so waste no longer has the opportunity to build up. A real winner for residents. With innovative vinyl wraps, there’s even an opportunity to personalise these stores for an even greater level of community engagement."
"We recently worked with Islington council consolidating their bin waste stream solution with positive results."
If you’re interested in how metroSTOR products can help you consolidate your waste and start cutting back unnecessary costs, please get in contact.