Had a nice chat to a self avowed 'Jeremy Clarkson' Tory voter in my ward at the weekend. Once we had got the pleasantries of how he voted out of the way he proceeded to trash the council for its inability to be neat and tidy when picking up bins and recycling.
His main complaint is that when the bins are emptied they are then just thrown onto the path, signalling to everyone that no one is home till the evening. This self declared 'clarkson' then explained to me that he had spent a long time on the phone to the Council to get them to a) put the bins back properly and b) when that wasn't a remote possibility, to collect his bin and recycling boxes. Having failed on both counts, 'clarkson' put his bins in his back garden and now once a fortnight visits Factory Lane to dispose of his rubbish. He said it was a pity because it now all went in landfill.
Now, I actually found it hard to disagree with him. My landfill bin is always left on the pavement.
How long and how much extra would it cost to have our bins put back properly?
2 seconds per property?
136,000 properties in Croydon (roughly)
4533 minutes per week
75 hours a week
3928 hours a year
£12 an hour x 3,928 hours = £47,146
I wonder if it is possible to have a 'neat and tidy' clause for our rubbish contract?
Would 2 seconds a property be enough?
Would this help tidy up the borough and help instil a bit more civic pride?
I think it might.