London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has announced that 25% extra bins will be put in place on the Tube network by the end of this year as part of an effort to tackle litter in the capital ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
The new bins, of which there will be 171, will start to be installed from November so that by the end of the year there will be at least one either in or just outside every London Underground station.
London Underground currently has 634 litter bins and this will increase to 805 as a result of the new bins. All of the rubbish placed in any London Underground bin is sorted and anything that can be is then recycled. A recent audit demonstrated that 70% of waste left on the Tube network is recycled via this method.
Speaking at a litter event held at City Hall on September 21, Johnson said: “’The Tube is often one of the first sights that visitors experience when they visit our city whilst Londoners also want to travel in a clean, pleasant environment.
“London Underground staff work hard to keep the network spick and span, but these extra bins are a welcome addition to help passengers deposit their waste in an environmentally friendly way.
“This is part of a series of steps we are taking to boost the cleanliness of the city ahead of 2012 to ensure London is at its best ahead of, during and after the Games.”