Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Bin Housing in Redbridge

Anyone else noticed the new state of the art Glasdon Modus recycling bin housings that are being installed at bring sites all around the borough? Tom Lawrence, the borough’s Recycling Manager says “The project aims to transform the old, somewhat forlorn looking steel recycling bins into eye-catching focal points for residents to recycle their waste. In total there are seven, different designs featuring sepia images of yesteryear Redbridge.”

The images are as follows:
  • Barkingside High Street c1900
  • Fairlop Waters c 1978
  • Gants Hill Roundabout c1934
  • Eagle Pond c1917
  • The Red Bridge over the River Roding c1920
  • Ilford Hill c1900
  • Hermon Hill c1905
Tom is hopeful that the new, tidier bins will help encourage feelings of pride about the borough, and that problems associated with the bring sites such as littering and fly-tipping will reduce. He explained that “Whilst we don’t know exactly what the long term effects will be, Keep Britain Tidy, who are very positive about the project, have been conducting some monitoring before and after, so hopefully we’ll have some positive news to report soon.”

Here’s a before and after shot showing the Horns Road site. Click on the image for a larger view.

If you want to see those at the Craven Gardens car park you will have to go and look yourself. We think it is a big improvement; we don’t want the bins spoiling the look of the new Virginia Gardens Pocket Park do we? So hopefully they are high on Tom’s list.

And before anyone has a strop at the costs while other things are being slashed in these austere times we can tell you that the installation of these bin housings is being funded by a £100,000 grant from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) after a successful bid to their Driving up Performance fund.


  1. What a brilliant blend of commonsense and inspiration from Tom Lawrence! The man's a genius.

  2. A brilliant idea .It will certainly improve the look of the Borough and hopefully as you say it will encourage feelings of pride in our Borough. Our thanks to the London Waste and Recycling Board for funding this.

  3. Timber structures with climbers over them?