Problems with new Recycling Regime

Camden "It's just teething"; West Hampstead - seething.

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  1. Camden's new rubbish and recycling regime was introduced a week ago (on April 1 - you couldn't make it up). It involves much of the north of the borough moving to fortnightly rubbish collections, although the south part and the estates retain their weekly collections. Lucky them. Laura Craik, columnist in the Evening Standard Magazine, said that Primrose Hill has become Bin-Rows Hill. So how has the first week been in West Hampstead? Not very smooth alas, although it's still to early to judge as neither rubbish nor green waste was collected this week.
  2. So what are the problems? With apologies to Shakespeare. Let me count the ways...
  3. As you all know West Hampstead already has a well known rubbish problem and it drives many of us mad. We are therefore not surprisingly concerned about anything that will make the problem worse.
  4. And here are some other examples, spotted by locals, some of whom are Tory activists, but they are only reporting it, it is others that are dumping it. This has always been a problem, but with the new regime will it get worse?
  5. On West End Lane (sic)...
  6. On the Finchley Road...
  7. On Greencroft Gardens ( glad to see the 'No Dumping' sign is having an affect)...
  8. And it's not called 'Mess'ina Avenue for nothing
  9. Problems? Let's starts with the bins. These have been rolled out over the past few weeks...
  10. And as one West Hampstead resident pointed out, they are rather large
  11. But where do we put them in house divided into flats? (and below doesn't even have the green recycling bins). Camden also didn't really make clear that there were different sizes of bins available, or suggest you share them.
  12. And when one local did eventually get his black bin, it had someone else's rubbish already in it, nice.
  13. And others still haven't got their black bins...
  14. And if you didn't get one of the black bins, who will HAVE to use orange bags...
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