Post letters: Recycling, bulky waste charges, bus lane, graffiti and hungry children

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 November 2018

Residents are urged to recycle responsibly. Picture: PA IMAGES

Residents are urged to recycle responsibly. Picture: PA IMAGES

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

We’re complacent over recycling

Mrs Jacqui Canton, Sheppey Gardens, Dagenham, writes:

Is it any wonder that other countries are refusing to take UK waste to recycle when it is not cleaned or properly sorted.

Every collection day I see brown bins overflowing with rubbish a lot of which is quite clearly not recyclable. How much effort does it take to rinse out a tin or plastic container? It is clearly too much for some to bother with.

For far too long we have closed our minds to the amount of rubbish we produce and dodge the issues by sending it abroad for others to deal with rather than taking steps to reuse these valuable resources here at home. We have the technical capability but not the will to change our behaviour.

When the five pence levy was put on plastic carrier bags there use dropped almost immediately which shows that behavior can be changed with financial incentives so why the delay in introducing similar charges on plastic drinks bottles and non recyclable coffee cups? Other countries have machines to deposit bottles and cans and issue a refund why is it taking us so long to implement these measures here? During the last war everything was recycled, even foodwaste was collected and processed for animal feed.

I clearly remember this was still taking place in the 1960s when I was having school dinners!

We have become lazy and complacent as evidenced by our streets and beaches which are strewn with plastic thoughtlessly discarded.

It takes very little to implement changes so next time you put waste in the bin take the time to clean and sort it correctly. Your grandchildren will thank you for it.

Drop charge for bulky waste

Gurpreet Bhatia, Barking, full address supplied, writes:

Barking and Dagenham Council need to be applauded for trying to tackle the scourge of residential fly-tipping by the use of CCTV cameras to catch culprits blighting the borough and fining as appropriate.

However, the council’s regular social media videos highlighting offenders shows many repeat tippers in the same locations. It is thus apparent that although helping CCTV is not the only solution to this problem. In their last video the council happily take the credit for Redbridge initiating their own CCTV campaign to tackle this issue but fail to mention that Redbridge also offer a free bulky waste collection service for residents unlike the chargeable one that Barking and Dagenham offers.

Furthermore, in a full council meeting on October 29, Newham passed the motion which would see its residents get three free bulky waste collections a year for unwanted goods in their fight against this epidemic. With two significant Labour controlled boroughs neighbouring Barking and Dagenham offering a free bulky waste collection service, it is time now for the council to stop the self plaudits and follow where others lead.

Bus lane causes traffic to build up

Terry Justice, Ashton Gardens, Chadwell Heath, writes:

Having just been brought to a standstill whilst driving on the Eastbound carriageway of Chadwell Heath High Road by some 20 plus vehicles overtaking a stationary bus on the Westbound carriageway, I feel compelled to make the following statement:

The centre lane appears to be no-man’s land. Being unable to use the inside, eastbound, lane which becomes a bus lane between 3pm and 7pm daily, I was forced to remain stationary while the traffic built up behind me in the remainder of the High Road. This had the effect of holding up all traffic to the west of me, including buses. The bus lane was empty.

Once again, I must enquire who had the right of way, eastbound or westbound? In the event of a head-on collision, who would be at fault? There is nothing in the way of advisory signs to indicate who should do what and when. The bus lane is a waste of valuable space on an unbelievably overcrowded stretch of road. Described in a national survey as being “one of the top 50 most dangerous stretches of road in Great Britain”, it is nothing short of a disgrace and the reluctance of the local authority to put pressure on the TfL to have it removed, deplorable.

Teacher responds to graffiti with art

Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The justifiable reaction by an art teacher, Tracy Drake Tapscott, reported in last week’s Post, to an increasing “eye sore” of graffiti in her street, saw her respond with a lovely piece of art work.

The increase of graffiti nationally causes much annoyance and the expense to local authorities in removing it can be an unnecessary problem.

The work by Tracy has drawn favourable comment by residents and appeases her social conscience as well as beautifying the area. She not only can display a contrasting art display but may improve the local views on unnecessary graffiti, often prompted by some protest action, by individuals or groups.

Some graffiti or wall paintings, such as by the well known Banksy, an anonymous English - based street artist, vandal, political activist, have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. But much of graffiti seen may be offensive and not admired. Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, it may not always be pleasing to all people.

Hungry children don’t achieve

Unmesh Desai AM, London Assembly Member, City & East, writes:

This week marks School Meals Week, acting as a reminder of how important it is that our school children get a healthy meal during the school day.

Since their introduction, universal infant school meals have ensured that thousands more children in London get a nutritious lunch.

With the threshold for free school meals in Year 3 and above unfairly limited to children in families earning less than £7,400 a year under the Universal Credit rules, thousands of Londoners are not getting the dinner they deserve.

Poor diet in childhood often leads to poor outcomes in later life. The government would help children now and help prevent problems in the future if they extended universal free school meals to all children in state funded schools, starting with primary schools and nurseries. Hungry children do not learn and children in Barking and Dagenham deserve better.

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