Sunday, 21 April 2019

Bins simply encourage fly-tipping

Bins simply encourage fly-tipping

Sir, — Most weeks in your paper there is a plea for more litter bins for Henley’s open spaces in order to keep these areas litter-free and to encourage recycling.

They don’t... they exacerbate the problem and encourage fly-tipping of household waste, particularly kitchen waste, as exemplified by John Howard’s letter last week.

We should experiment with fewer bins and concentrate on education to bring about a culture change.

I have been monitoring the contents of bins, particularly those at Lewknor, along the A40 to Milton Common, in Watlington, in Ewelme and elsewhere and I can assure you that this is the case.

A rather sad pastime, I admit, but I am so frustrated by South Oxfordshire District Council’s ineptitude and intransigence.

In a conversation with someone there about nine months ago about the deplorable state of the roadsides and the council’s reluctance to collect some fly-tipped asbestos, the response was, “we’re making progress but more work is needed”.

Not so — the problem is getting worse and will worsen with thousands more houses. We must engender a change in attitude and that can only be achieved by education in our schools.

As for that hideous fish sculpture/waste bin for Henley... no thanks. — Yours faithfully,

Paul Sargeantson

Britwell Salome

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