Westminster Labour Councillors have welcomed the Council’s decision to change the focus of waste collection services to concentrate on residential areas and away from commercial and tourist areas, to deal with the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.
Labour’s City Management spokesperson, Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, wrote Mark Banks, Head of Waste Collection Services, to ask:
“With fewer people working in the West End and visiting tourist hotspots, and more people at home in ‘lockdown’, a lot more rubbish is being generated in the residential areas of North Paddington, Bayswater, Church Street, St John’s Wood, Pimlico and Marylebone.
Are Veolia’s daily rubbish collection rounds being changed to reflect this very different pattern of rubbish generation, with less commercial waste and more residential waste?
There are noticeable areas where dumping has occurred over recent days, too, in residential areas and I think there needs to be a re-think of daily schedules to ensure that rubbish is picked up quickly.”
Mark Banks replied:
“Just to confirm that we’ve changed our waste and street cleansing arrangements broadly in line with what you describe. We are not changing the advertised collection schedules for residents but we have redeployed waste collection vehicles from the West End to residential areas to increase collections from BBB’s, recycling bins, housing estates and similar ‘communal bins’ sites. We also have additional vehicles circuiting streets to remove any waste they come across. Please encourage residents to use ‘Report It’ to highlight any particular problem locations but we have sufficient resources to tackle problems quickly. We have also shifted street sweepers from the West End to residential areas although litter levels everywhere are relatively low.”
You can report waste and dumping problems here https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it