Rubbish out during one hour time slot or face a fine proposes Merton Council

Wimbledon Guardian: Red highlighted roads outlining proposed trial area Red highlighted roads outlining proposed trial area

Time banded waste collections which could force residents to get up to put their rubbish out as early as 5am, or run the risk of being fined, are being proposed by Merton Council.

Under the scheme, residents would only be able to leave waste on the public highway for collection between the hours of 5pm and 6pm and 5am and 6am, or face a fixed penalty notice.

It’s hoped the move will "improve the cleanliness and overall street environment" by reducing the amount of time waste is left on the street for collection.

However with many working residents likely to arrive home from work after 6pm, there is concern over the scheme’s practicality which could instead force homeowners to get up as early as 5am to put out their waste.

A similar scheme was introduced in Wandsworth in 2009 but with timings ranging from 10am to noon and 10pm to midnight, or 9am to 11am and 9pm to 11pm.

A trial run is expected to take place in a defined area of Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon town centre from April, following a consultation process.

If successful the scheme could be rolled out to other town centres in Merton.

Councillor Mark Betteridge, cabinet member for performance and implementation, said: "Time banding will help improve the cleanliness of our streets and make our town centres more pleasant and attractive for all.

"We want to make Wimbledon a destination town centre for people to visit.

"I would encourage residents and local businesses in the proposed time banded area to feed back their views on the scheme to Merton so we can ensure all views are considered."

An informal consultation on the proposals will take place over the coming weeks when officers will be speaking to businesses and residents about the plans. 

To make your views known to Merton Council email WSGCorrespondence@merton.gov.uk

What do you think about the proposals? Email lmay@london.newsquest.co.uk or call 020 8722 6336, or tweet @wimbledonnews

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2:36pm Thu 31 Jan 13

mr-bjp says...

ANOTHER DAYLIGHT ROBBERY BY THIS INCOMPETENT COUNCIL
ANOTHER DAYLIGHT ROBBERY BY THIS INCOMPETENT COUNCIL mr-bjp
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3:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

tjames says...

i wish to have my rubbish collected by an alternative operator--how much will my council tax be reduced?
i wish to have my rubbish collected by an alternative operator--how much will my council tax be reduced? tjames
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3:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Mordenman says...

Excellent news - Now if Merton Council doesn't make its exact slot, doesn't empty all the bins or leaves the streets strewn with rubbish as it does now, then local residents will be able to claim credit against their Council tax.
Excellent news - Now if Merton Council doesn't make its exact slot, doesn't empty all the bins or leaves the streets strewn with rubbish as it does now, then local residents will be able to claim credit against their Council tax. Mordenman
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5:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

jonboy123 says...

totally barmy.
totally barmy. jonboy123
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8:37pm Thu 31 Jan 13

tjames says...

blame labour--institutiona
lly incompetent
blame labour--institutiona lly incompetent tjames
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11:16pm Fri 1 Feb 13

bosslet says...

There is definitely a problem of excessive waste in Merton, but it is not on the streets of Wimbledon, but in the Civic Centre in Morden, home to the biggest load of uncollected rubbish you'll ever encounter in London. Merton Council's mission in life seems to be to charge top whack for tenth-rate services and generally do all they can to wind up their residents.
There is definitely a problem of excessive waste in Merton, but it is not on the streets of Wimbledon, but in the Civic Centre in Morden, home to the biggest load of uncollected rubbish you'll ever encounter in London. Merton Council's mission in life seems to be to charge top whack for tenth-rate services and generally do all they can to wind up their residents. bosslet
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8:21am Sat 2 Feb 13

tjames says...

its labour
its labour tjames
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3:06am Mon 4 Feb 13

321200 says...

Absolutely ridiculous
Absolutely ridiculous 321200
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7:43am Mon 4 Feb 13

lordofzombies says...

oh boo hoo. put them out before you go to bed then. no biggie.
oh boo hoo. put them out before you go to bed then. no biggie. lordofzombies
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8:51am Mon 4 Feb 13

tjames says...

read the article!
read the article! tjames
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10:56am Mon 4 Feb 13

Angela M says...

lordofzombies wrote:
oh boo hoo. put them out before you go to bed then. no biggie.
You go to bed at 6pm?!

Having lived in Wimbledon previously, it was fairly horrible walking past bags of rubbish stacked up on the edge of the pavement. Not sure time slots are the answer though - at least not THESE time slots.

Having said that, 5-6am may be somewhat more useful than Wandsworth's 9-11am time slot - which would probably only be of use to people who don't go out to work.
[quote][p][bold]lordofzombies[/bold] wrote: oh boo hoo. put them out before you go to bed then. no biggie.[/p][/quote]You go to bed at 6pm?! Having lived in Wimbledon previously, it was fairly horrible walking past bags of rubbish stacked up on the edge of the pavement. Not sure time slots are the answer though - at least not THESE time slots. Having said that, 5-6am may be somewhat more useful than Wandsworth's 9-11am time slot - which would probably only be of use to people who don't go out to work. Angela M
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1:39pm Mon 4 Feb 13

bellboy007 says...

April fools sure has come early this year.
April fools sure has come early this year. bellboy007
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3:02pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Paper1234 says...

This only applies to business premises and properties above shops.
This only applies to business premises and properties above shops. Paper1234
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3:05pm Wed 6 Feb 13

jonboy123 says...

If that's right it's a pretty key detail missing out of this story...
If that's right it's a pretty key detail missing out of this story... jonboy123
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