WALTHAM FOREST: Leaves clearance starts

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: WALTHAM FOREST: Leaves clearance starts WALTHAM FOREST: Leaves clearance starts

AN estimated 20 tonnes of leaves is being cleared from the borough's roads a day.

Nine crews from Waltham Forest Council have started removing the leaves in an attempt to reduce the chance of people slipping on them and to increase the borough's recycling rates.

The authority is one of only a handful of councils in the country which has a dedicated leaf clearance team.

All the foliage collected will be used as compost in the borough's parks.

Waltham Forest Council's cabinet member for environment Cllr Clyde Loakes said: “We're doing this in direct response to residents' requests and we are removing and recycling an astonishing amount of leaves every single day from our streets.

“Autumn in Waltham Forest is a fantastic sight but we need to keep our roads and pavements clear for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

“This is a really big job, we've got lots of trees and bushes because we're one of the greenest borough's in London, so we're asking residents to bear with us while we finish.”

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2:04pm Fri 12 Nov 10

Sam Hain says...

And another 20 tonnes will be blown up residents' garden paths no doubt.
And another 20 tonnes will be blown up residents' garden paths no doubt. Sam Hain
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4:21pm Sun 14 Nov 10

myopinioncounts says...

I have a novel suggestion!
How about residents sweeping up the leaves in the vicinity of their own homes and putting them into the huge 'green recycling' bins that almost every household has been given?

I suspect that most of these bins are very underused so instead of moaning about the amount of leaves on the pavements do something about it yourself!
I have a novel suggestion! How about residents sweeping up the leaves in the vicinity of their own homes and putting them into the huge 'green recycling' bins that almost every household has been given? I suspect that most of these bins are very underused so instead of moaning about the amount of leaves on the pavements do something about it yourself! myopinioncounts
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2:44pm Mon 15 Nov 10

Sam Hain says...

I do, pyopinioncounts, but why should I have to when I pay council tax which gets passed on to Kier to the job (allegedly) for us. You don't keep a dog and bark yoursellf.
I do, pyopinioncounts, but why should I have to when I pay council tax which gets passed on to Kier to the job (allegedly) for us. You don't keep a dog and bark yoursellf. Sam Hain
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