Newspaper recycling bins on London's tubes and stations
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On the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee lines alone 9.5 tonnes of newspapers are dropped everyday, of which 2.85 tonnes goes straight to landfills. This means that across TFL up to an estimated 11 tonnes of newspapers go to landfill each day.
In 2012, TfL announced a plan to install 2,000 newspaper recycling bins on the trains themselves. Each carriage was to have eight collection bins, and each bin was to hold up to four newspapers.
It's nearly 2018 and I am yet to see one newspaper recycling bin on our tubes. I am sure all Londoner's are equally astonished at the amount of newspaper rubbish each day, and are at a loss with what to do with their morning paper when they get off the train.
By 2030 only 10% of rain forests will remain, 70% of the worlds plants and animals will lose their natural habitats.
It is a massive wasted recycling opportunity due simply to a lack of relevant infrastructure. We need to make TfL keep their promise of installing newspaper recycling bins to make TfL more sustainable for everyone.
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