Just to test the waters but has anyone complained about the noise at 6.30 AM of the bottle bins being emptied down this road.?
I am being deprived of sleep and it is seriously beginng to ANNOY me.
I have already rung the Council and although polite and kind they say they will make a note of it. I said that I didn't want the bins being emptied until 10 am especially at weekends.
I sympathise. I've lived near a few glass collection point (the worst was Soho)... and it really does wake you up - I sleep through almost anything.
The flipside is many of us want to be good people and recycle. On our development those nearest the banks are understandably pissed off simply by the deposits never mind collections. Some say: Use the other bottle banks in the other road. Well, yes, but that's just making it somebody else's problem.
So, is there a better answer? Should collections only be in the daytime for example?
I also lived for a while in Soho where the bottle collection outside the flat was at around 4am and very very noisy. I have to admit though that I got used to it to the point where I'd sleep through it.
Most business are bound by local council rules to put their rubbish out at a certain time for collection within one or two hours, any changes would bring their whole scheme crashing down.
Yup, you're probably right. I have heard that there were the same problems in Shad Thames(the wharfs etc). I'm wondering if anything got resolved.
If people are bothered by this and want someone to do something about it I'll volunteer. However, I do think that I will need to write to the Council first then see the result before a petition etc. What do you think? If enough people kick up a fuss it might work.
Skips in Southwark are not allowed to be delivered/collected before 8am (I think thats the correct time), and not on Sunday. The council's environmental contact centre can give further information about this. They can be contacted via 7525-5777. I have had several successes with getting this enforced. If you do have a campaign, it might help to point out that if skip operators can do it, bottle bank operators could too.
As for the normal household or business waste collections, I dont think you've got much chance of getting it changed. I believe they pay the operators for the round rather than for the time, so they dash round early, getting it done very quickly, then take the rest of the day off. But you could try - its certainly very noisy and in some areas very early.