Don’t blame the seagulls, blame Camden and Veolia
20 June, 2019
‘What is needed are large closed containers which animals and birds can’t attack so easily’
• SEAGULLS are not to blame for the mess in Camden streets when they – and don’t forget the night-time foxes – attack waste bags; and neither are the business owners who are putting the bags out, (Is the Camden High Street seagull to blame for messy pavements?, May 30).
The problem is entirely the fault of Camden Council and its rubbish partner Veolia who have failed to create a secure system for the removal of rubbish from our borough, with street properties being a key concern.
As my letter in the same issue said, about domestic waste collection, Camden’s contract with Veolia is not fit for purpose, and the same is true in this situation.
What is needed are large closed containers which animals and birds can’t attack so easily. One such for every half-dozen businesses should be enough.
And the same system should be used for other street properties which have no places to put their rubbish except in the stupid, easily torn, orange plastic bags.
Right now Veolia asks people to put out before 7am on collection day, a recipe for disaster since bags are usually put out the night before, handy for the foxes!
Camden must find a better way, and I hereby volunteer to join any committee discussing this serious issue and to help create a solution which does not turn our streets into rubbish dumps.
Eton Avenue, NW3