They've been proliferating at tube stations, these metal hoops with big plastic bags attached. A new bid to tidy up the tube has now seen a 25% increase in the number of rubbish receptacles available across the network. Funny how alien they look 20 years since bins were removed from the Underground following the IRA bomb at Victoria Station in 1991.
London Underground, the Mayor and Keep Britain Tidy were canny in getting The Metro on board to partner on this new campaign to tidy up the tube ahead of the 2012 visitor influx. Those concerned about binning their morning freesheet can rest easy as TFL claim the contents of tube bins is sorted and as much recycled as possible. Those with the jitters about security should be reassured that only the clear plastic bins are in use and all are positioned with "security and safety" in mind.
The announcement coincides with the Mayor's Capital Clean-up which starts on Friday with over 600 events to get local people tidying up their bit of London.