If you have gone for a walk in Weybridge you can’t go far before you find a bit of mess around a bin. Indeed, you can find litter strewn around even if there is no bin. The new Churchfield Meadow has litter hidden in the long grass as does Desborourgh Island (shown here) and Weybridge Point for example. I have contacted the cleansing department on a number of occasions and the stock reply is that the Conservative borough administration has decided on a limit to the number of bins. That limit is now reached. The same applies to dog bins. The only way that extra bins may be placed in Weybridge is if bins in other places are removed. As no other bin is deemed underutilized there is no prospect under this administration to increase the number of bins.
Bins in certain parts of the town are collected daily but some bins are used seasonally – either across the year or across the week. One resident told me of a bin they saw around Wimbledon. This bin compacts the rubbish so they have a very large capacity and they can also notify staff when they are becoming full. They only need to be emptied when full so require far less maintenance then ordinary bins. This could be a cost-effective remedy.
If you know of any bins that are often overflowing or if you know of a bin which seems never to be used then please get in contact.
I have also been asking about the food waste bins which appear not to be fox proof. I have asked for the number of bins in the borough, where they are located and how much they cost to install and maintain.
I know that people should take their litter home but unless we can stop people dropping litter we have to provide facilities for them – otherwise our environment will be scarred.