Do fewer bins mean less litter?
25 August 2011
Approximately 50 litter bins were removed from Canterbury city centre as a precaution during the civil unrest seen elsewhere in England earlier this month.
As the bins were not there for a few days, the council decided to wait a while before putting them back, as an experiment to see what impact it would have on litter.
Anecdotal evidence from the council’s contractor, Serco, shows that the city centre is currently the cleanest it has been in a long time.
The contractor has reported that less collections has enabled them to employ an extra person on litter picking duty.
Canterbury Council has also noticed that more businesses have been spotted sweeping up and clearing litter associated with their premises.
The trial also revealed that some businesses and residents were using ordinary litter bins for their commercial or domestic waste.
The council is planning to put around half of the bins that were taken out back into areas near known litter hot spots and fast food premises because it makes sense to make bins available where they are needed.
A council spokesperson said: ‘Our priority will always be to have a clean city centre. We will continue to keep a very close eye on the situation to ensure we have the right number of bins in the right locations.’
Jill Partington, spokesperson, Keep Britain Tidy said: ‘The removal of these bins is only a positive move if litter levels are less than before.
‘The public should not be encouraged to drop litter because it is cheaper to remove from the floor than to install a bin.’
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