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Plumber Tony pulls plug on council's recycling offer

PUBLISHED: 12:49 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010

ANGRY plumber Tony Williams has pulled the plug on the Town Hall offer to post him recycling bags. He doesn't want special treatment' and thinks Tower Hamlets—currently at the bottom of the recycling league tables with just 13 per cent—is not making it easy for households to recycle their waste

By Else Kvist

ANGRY plumber Tony Williams has pulled the plug on the Town Hall offer to post him recycling bags.

He doesn’t want special treatment’ and thinks Tower Hamlets—currently at the bottom of the recycling league tables with just 13 per cent—is not making it easy for households to recycle their waste.

The 45-year-old used to be able to leave a note asking the binmen for more degradable starch bags on his food waste bin at his home in Friars Mead, on the Isle of Dogs.

“They would leave me some bags after collecting the food waste,” he said.

“Now I’ve been told it’s no longer possible—I have to collect them from the Idea Store library.

“I live a busy working life as a plumber and just won’t bother, if the council doesn’t make it easy for someone like me to recycle my household waste.”

The council can post the bags to the disabled and elderly and has offered to do the same for Tony.

But the offer doesn’t wash with him.

“I don’t want special treatment because I’ve contacted the East London Advertiser,” he stormed.

“I want it to be the same for everyone. People won’t bother if it’s not made easy for them to recycle.”

The Town Hall claims it is “not practicable” to request more bags by leaving notes out for the binmen on their collection rounds. The crew do not have storage capacity in their vehicles.

“If people need more bags,” said a Town Hall official, “they can collect them from any Idea store or council One Stop shop.”

Tower Hamlets is still at the bottom of the pile on Britain’s local authority recycling league table—for the second year running.

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