As someone who can’t stand a minute alone with his own thoughts, the explosion in free London newspapers has been a godsend: there’s always one lying around to read if I’m stuck on a train without a book or my blackberry.
However, there is a darker side to the free newspaper phenomenon.
In Brockley, the specially-designed bins, placed outside the station for people to leave their newspapers at the end of their jouney have proven woefully inadequate for the task.
As the politician who helped get the bins there in the first place I thought I ought to respond, which I did in the comments:
Just to explain that the council were offered the recepticals by Recycle London (I think) as a freebie, and I was keen because I’d seen something similar in Boston when I visited there.
Officer advice was hardly enthusiastic, because of the size of the bins and the need to emptying them every few days.
That said if the bins are full then letting the council know should sort it out – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick then points us to Project Freesheet which is trying to encourage us to think about the way these papers enter and leave our lives by:
inviting people to upload their own photos of freesheet newspapers wherever they see them? In the gutter, on the tube, on the bus, etc etc. They’re everywhere!! If we try to get people to upload their photo’s we could aim to collect 1.5 million or so. That’s how many issues of these freesheets are being handed out every day.
Interested? Then there’s the website.