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Grasping at straws

Bridget Osborne

Grasping at straws 23 October 2017

I mentioned last week that Paul Hyman, founder of Active 360, the Paddleboarding company at Kew Bridge, has written to Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, to ask him to use his influence with Hounslow Highways to empty the bins by the river more regularly, because when the bins are full people dump their rubbish beside them and he says, a lot of it ends up in the water.

He also wrote to Fullers to ask them if they would stop using plastic straws in riverside pubs and maybe consider a deposit on returned plastic glasses. Their head of Corporate Affairs Georgina Wald replied, saying they use glass rather than plastic where they can. “You’ll be pleased to know that we are already looking at the plastic straw issue. A member of my team shares your concerns in this matter and has been pushing for a change internally. I know a great deal of work has been undertaken by our purchasing team to source an alternative and I do hope that you will soon see a change”.

Paul suggests that Councillor Amritpal Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council and Cabinet Member for Environment might like to hear from anyone who has evidence of rubbish left lying by already overflowing riverside bins. Here’s his email address: amrit.mann@hounslow.gov.uk