TOWER HAMLETS WANT YOU TO RECYCLE –
AS LONG AS THEY DON’T HAVE TO LIFT A FINGER
One Stop Shop – Unless they can make you go somewhere else
The good thing about recycling, is that all around the country, they are trying to ensure that it is as easy as possible for you to do it. With the sole exception of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The attitude of Tower Hamlets to recycling seems to be that they want the profit it generates, but they don’t want to lift a finger to get it.
Instead of making it easier for it’s residents to recycle, they will go out of their way to make it harder.
I today went to the above “One Stop Shop” at 1 Rushmead to get some recycle sacks as I normally do, because I had run out. I was curtly informed that they will only give out recycling sacks before 10.30am and not after. As it was then as late as 1.00pm, they would not let me have any.
I then went to the other place where the sacks are handed out, Bethnal Green Library. The assistants there were more than willing to let me have a supply of sacks, with no problem. When I told her of the trouble I had at the Council Office, hse told me that she was not that surprised, as she had heard that they (the library) would not be giving them out much longer, as they (the Council) want to force everyone to order their supplies on line. I asked what will happen to those who didn’t use computers, but she didn’t know. I guess they will have to order theirs by phone.
So now we have it. Tower Hamlets want us to recycle, they want the profits of recycling, but they do not want their residents to have easy access to the sacks needed to acheive it. They want to ‘streamline’ the ordering of sacks by on-line or telephone ordering, which can often take over a week for the sacks to arrive, leaving nowhere to obtain an urgent supply should you find yourself out of sacks.
It doesn’t help much when the packs of recycling sacks are a lot smaller than the old ones, and the sacks themselves are now so gossamer thin that they split as you secure them.
Come on Tower Hamlets Council. Get your act together, and help your residents instead of making things harder for them.