Recycling in the City

Binbot is back! He is bright pink, 5m tall and recycled out out of 33 wheelie bins. Around him you will see the amazing Pandemonium Drummers and a host of staff, apprentices and volunteers dressed in some truly eye-catching plastic outfits created from litter gathered in the Square Mile over the last two weeks.

The outfits are designed with the help of Áinne Burke, Artist in Residence in the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College and Scientific Associate in the Department of Earth Science at the Natural History Museum. Their purpose is to encourage people to think about waste as a resource and the impact of our use of earth’s resources on us as humans as well as the planet. 

Work in progress on one of the litter cloaks two days before the Show

Áinne randomly selected waste that was collected from the streets during the week of Oct 29th - Nov 4th to make four cloaks from tin cans, plastic bottles, coffee cups and crisp bags. The cloaks tell a story about our habits; what we buy and how we dispose of it. The tin can cloak has sugary drinks Monday to Tuesday and as the week progresses, energy drinks and alcohol increase.

The City of London Cleansing Department is responsible for recycling, waste disposal, clean streets and of course, sweeping up after all the horses in the Lord Mayor's Show. They also started the Plastic Free City campaign, estimated to have eliminated 16 million cups and 3 million plastic take-away containers, the Clean City Awards, now 25 years old, and the Clean Streets Partnership.

Local residents can find out all about what to recycle on the City website, and while you're here why don't you (and your company):