May 19 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Gover, Senior reporter
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Bagfuls of sex toys and inflatable dolls are among the objects found on streets in Westminster – the home of Church and State in Great Britain.
An eye-opening range of items dumped in the borough and then collected by street cleaners have all been compiled into a list.
Alongside the predictable stash of jewellery and cash lost in carelessness moments, are some unexpected items.
Neglected wedding dresses, manikins and stuffed animals have also ended up in the recycling plant or the incinerator.
Even an inflatable of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has also been found near the seat of British democracy, but only once.
The residual presence near the Palace of Westminster of one of UK politics’ big beasts of the 20th century might cheer followers of Conservative icon.
Meanwhile, perhaps Mrs Thatcher’s political opponents can relish the idea of the inflatable being deflated.
Alongside marital aids, film memorabilia is also often found on streets in the borough containing Westminster Abbey - where Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011.
Insect film props and movie posters regularly appear, along with vintage clothing zimmer frames and crutches.
Councillor Ed Argar, cabinet member for city management at the council, labelled the itinerary “extraordinary.”
“It is up to people to take responsibility for their litter and recycling, alongside all the work that Westminster’s cleaning teams do day-in, day-out to help keep our streets clean and safe
Enough waste is collected every day from streets in Westminster to fill up the whole of Marble Arch – 864 cubic metres.
The cleaning operation to remove 180,000 tonnes of waste costs £14m each year.
Your Streets is a City Hall campaign to encourage people to dispose responsibly of their waste.