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Why do the more affluent seem to be getting a better service?

20 June, 2019

• I HAVE a bin and brown food caddy for food waste. Thank you to the New Journal for publishing my letter (Please give me a wheelie bin, June 6) as a person called “David” – no surname was given – came around to my property the same afternoon your newspaper was published, although they still have not replied to my email.

Thank you to David who sorted out a normal bin and a brown food caddy so I no longer have trash directly on my doorstep. I would also like to thank the two people who wrote in response and support.

I would like to point out to Hilary Paterson (Don’t make the food in bags mistake, June 13) that my brown food bin/caddy had also been taken but thanks for your helpful information on what should and should not go into my household rubbish. This was not the issue. The problem was trying to speak to someone in order to get a bin.

Some of my neighbours still do not have a bin and so we still have orange bags on the street which is not my neighbours’ fault as they simply do not have anywhere to put their rubbish.

When I asked David from Camden Council about my neighbours also getting bins, he replied that people will be fined if they put rubbish on the street – so more financial bullying instead of dealing with the problem.

While I am happy to have a bin, I am also unhappy that the problem is still not solved. Why give a bin to one household and not the other? It seems a little odd.

I also noticed that on the more affluent streets, like Lawford Road and Patshull Road in Kentish Town, that there were no orange bags on the street at all and they all seem to have bins. Is there preferential treatment to the richer streets in Kentish Town I ask myself? Surely not.

I am very passionate about recycling, upcycling and the environment; and don’t think that any of these issues is anything to do with how rich or poor you are. But neither should having a bin or access to services.

So why then do the more affluent seem to be getting a better service? I am more than happy to be wrong about this observation. So can my neighbours have a bin, too, please?



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