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19 August, 2007

Maybe...

Excellent idea, though hardly novel.  The presence of 'four-in-one' bins at S-Bahn stations was something I found particularly impressive about Berlin last year.

A slight problem is the culture of security in the UK. Following decades of Irish Republican/Loyalist troubles, including on the mainland, and now the alleged threat from al Qaeda, we don't actually have as many litter bins in crowded areas as we might. Litter bins were specifically removed from railway stations in the 1990s; not all were returned. Maybe a push for high-street recycling facilities would bring them back, but I suspect security concerns would veto the new bins instead.

For once, I wouldn't necessarily characterise this as security theatre – unlike the war on moisture, litter bins are a credible means of planting bombs which has been used several times in the UK.

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Newcastle had sets of recycling bins in the town centre. I always thought it was a pretty good idea. I think they were sponsored/paid for by Metro.

Posted by Calephetos at August 19, 2007 07:15 PM

The university has started rolling these out around campus over the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately they only have special slots for glass, paper and cans, and not plastic bottles and takeaway cartons, which surely would be more useful in a street setting. But it's a start, and if it reduces the amount of stuff we dump on landfill then I'm all for it.

Posted by Neil T. at August 21, 2007 11:00 AM
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