West London council to ditch bins because 'they attract rubbish'

The swanky West London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has opted to get rid of its street bins, because they are being over-filled by local businesses, it says.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

The local council has decided to remove existing litterbins from residential streets in the area, apparently because local residents and businesses are using them to dispose of large quantities of waste, instead of the odd McDonald’s bag.

Kensington and Chelsea bosses have drawn the ire of locals, who say that such a policy will wreak havoc thanks to lazy passers-by who will not look for other bins in the area when they cannot find one.

A trial removal of bins has been tried on one side of a street in Earl’s Court, and council officers said that this resulted in only a minor increase in the amount of dropped litter.

If the strategy works, Londoners should prepare to see the scheme emulated elsewhere. You may have to start pocketing that empty crisp packet in your lunch hour. 

The council’s head of waste and street enforcement, Kathy Way, said in a report on the proposals: ‘There are two schools of thought regarding litter bins; one is that litter bins are needed for the public to use, indeed that some members of the public look for litter bins in which to deposit waste, otherwise they may take it home or drop it on the street. 

‘The other is that litter bins attract more rubbish, some of which can be unpaid-for commercial waste and domestic waste.’

Alternatively they could just try emptying the bins a bit more often, rather than offloading the problem onto surrounding - and less afluent - boroughs.

Perhaps hospitals in Kensington and Chelsea should be closed in an effort to reduce the number of ill people, or even the police station closed because you often find criminals there.

Rubbish logic, guys.

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