I had the pleasure, if that’s the word, of using the London Underground (tube) the last two days. As my district line train trundled its way towards Richmond station the carriage emptied of people and as they did, the mess they left behind became pretty obvious as you can see.
The headline could not be more appropriate, “PATHETIC”.
The whole carriage looked pretty much the same as this corner does, no doubt the whole train. If you multiply this waste up to embrace the entire tube network every day it must amount to a small forest of discarded newsprint.
Hardly surprising given the number of folks shoving free papers in your hands at every tube station. Take them, read for 5 minutes, throw on the floor. I can’t help feeling this is a dreadful waste of resources, recycled or not, and to what end? Just so a few people can do even more advertising and a few newspaper printers can make a bit more dosh. Surely there’s a better way than this?
Is it the same on Warsaw’s metro? I know there are the free papers so in the end the same waste on (a much smaller scale) but are they just thrown on the floor like this when people have finished reading them?
Mind you, in defence of the Brits, it’s not easy to dispose of waste in London, which leaves you carrying your waste around with you for as long as it takes you to get either home or to the office. That’s because there are NO trash bins in London – anywhere – I mean NO trash bins – at all.
It’s a hang over from the days when bombs were put into waste bins and now with even more terrorists to worry about the authorities have clearly decided they’d rather have rubbish on the streets/tube/everywhere than provide nice hiding places for bombs. Not that London is short of bomb hiding places even without trash bins! One small example – on my last trip I bought a sandwich and bottle of juice on arrival at T5 and consumed them while on the Heathrow Express. There was nowhere to put my rubbish in the train, nor at Paddington, nor outside Paddington, nor on the tube, nor on the walk from tube to office. So, the rubbish bought at T5 ended up in the bin at our office in the City. I think that’s a bit silly to be honest.