Merton council step up carton recycling

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Kerbside collections for Tetra Pak cartons in Merton

Kerbside collections for Tetra Pak cartons in Merton

The London Borough of Merton has some great recycling facilities available to residents and visitors.

As well as carton collections from their homes, locals and visitors to the area can recycle their used cartons when out and about, thanks to the installation of over 20 recycling bins.

In addition to recycling cartons, people can recycle paper, tin cans, plastic bottles and glass while ‘on the go’.

Tetra Pak’s Recycling Operations Manager, Fay Dashper is delighted with this and says “Merton have gone even further on carton recycling by installing these new bins. It will help residents to recycle more of their cartons, more of the time, wherever they are.”

And as Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson points out “People are very good at recycling when they are in their own homes but in the past it has been more difficult for them to recycle while out and about. We want to make recycling easier for people and turn it into part of everyday life. ”

Tetra Pak have put the new recycling facilities on their map locator. The bins can be found near:

  • Belgrave Walk tram station
  • Dundonald Road tram station
  • Haydons Road train station
  • Merton Park tram station
  • Mitcham Junction train station
  • Mitcham tram station
  • Morden Road tram station
  • Phipps Bridge tram station
  • South Merton train station
  • South Wimbledon underground station
  • St Helier train station
  • Tooting train station

And in the following parks:

  • Haydons Road Recreation Ground
  • Dundonald Recreation Ground
  • Raynes Park Sports Ground
  • John Innes Recreation Ground
  • Colliers Wood Recreation Ground
  • Cannizaro Park, to be included once building works at the site are completed.

These are prime locations for capturing the 1.6 million free newspapers and magazines given out everyday in London and the cans, plastic bottles, glass containers and cartons that are currently just thrown away in litter bins. This is a great example of where a council has picked up on the work Tetra Pak did ensuring everyone had bring bank facilities, noted the positive response they got, and have taken responsibility for expanding facilities.

86% of Local Authorities now collect cartons for recycling with many schools and businesses recycling their cartons too.  Find out where your nearest Tetra Pak recycling facility is with their interactive map

We don’t have kerbside collections for cartons here yet, but we have a recycling bank just 3 miles away which is fantastic for us!
Do you have kerbside collections for Tetra Pak cartons and how far is your nearest recycling bank?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Sarah says:

    That’s brilliant!

  2. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    Fantastic to see Merton Council tackle the problem of on-the-go litter. I hope they can take away full bins in a timely manner but I am sure they will quickly learn best practice. With commingled coming soon locally, Tetra Paks and margarine tubs are on the shopping list. I already find the Paks a better choice than plastic bottles, where the cap waste issue and the downcycling of the recycled bottle left a bad taste.

    Squashing the Pak is straightforward as in the video competition and they are easy to drip dry after rinsing out and sit at an angle conveniently for the purpose. The company’s cradle to cradle aspirations are also very welcome and will hopefully encourage others to follow their example.

    I looked at World Have Your Say on bbcnews site. which discussed the rubbish issue and could be worth following. I posted a Zero Waste comment to add to a mixed selection of views.

  3. Poppy says:

    The biggest problem faced by our council and probably many if not all councils across the country, is how to offer kerbside collections to those living in blocks of flats. Various bins have been provided over the years, but it only takes one ignoramous to spoil the load and the whole lot goes to landfill.

    I’d be interested to hear what is done in other areas to try to tackle this issue if anyone has any personal experience of it.

    It’s frustrating for those living in flats that want to recycle and the councils who would like to be able to provide a fool (literally!!) -proof method!

  4. That’s brilliant news about the on-the-go bins. Having once been a regular commuter, railway stations are particularly perfect spots for passengers, so I hope the capture rates will be excellent. With sufficient resources in place, I firmly believe much can be done. The Tetra Pak collection that I organised for Recycle Week showed great results for community use. If we had a permanent bin outside our school or the local Tesco Express, I am sure the results would be repeated. What is often required to support the facilities is better communication. Where councils have the opportunity to run Zero Waste projects, there is sometimes extra funding to help with this, including extra information sheets and doorstep callers. Poppy – I wonder if your council has considered this as an option and indeed, do you think it would help in anyway?

    Anyway, Mrs G, coming back to Tetra Paks, I’ve finally done it 😀 Yes, I’ve managed to spare some time to do my You Tube video. It’s over on my blog 😀 x

  5. Charity says:

    I live in Merton, and that’s the first I’ve heard about this! Interestingly, with the exception of Cannizaro Park, they seem to be targeting the least well-off parts of the area. Why nothing at Wimbledon Station, which is the biggest and busiest?

    The council does advertise in its magazine that the two big recycling centres take all plastics (ie food packaging) and foil, but in practice they don’t. I have complained, but to no avail.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Sarah: ’tis good; things like this are spreading across the country so it’s great to bring the latest news to share 🙂

    @John Costigane: Hi John, interesting to see how your new collections open up the way for different packaging in your own home. I need to check out the BBC site; I’ve missed that discussion. Thanks for the plug!

    @Poppy: Excellent point, Poppy. I’ve often wondered about this too. I feel blessed to live in a place where I can take full responsibility for the waste I create. I would feel really sad if someone else muddled our efforts.

    @Almost Mrs Average: I loved your video, Mrs A. It raised a chuckle and your poetry skills are quite amazing! I agree on the go recycling is a wonderful step forward – as long as bins are emptied regularly, it should make a big different to recycling rates. Well, fingers crossed anyway.

    @Charity: Hi Charity; ahhh, well you get the latest news here LOL! Why not ask that question about Wimbledon Station to the council; it would be great to hear their response. Weird about the conflicting information – how frustrating for you …

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