And we’re off… The one tonne tour begins
A truck loaded with a mountain of waste will be touring the streets of Barking and Dagenham in the coming weeks as part of the our drive to reduce the amount of rubbish being put in the borough’s bins.

The ‘one tonne tour’ which starts at Barking Market on Tuesday, 16 August, will emphasise the average amount of waste Barking and Dagenham households produce a year – more than any London borough.

Councillor Lynda Rice, cabinet member for  environment and street scene said: “Barking and Dagenham residents produce more rubbish than other Londoners. If we reduce our waste by just six per cent each year by 2020 the council could save up to £2 million. So we’ve launched this one tonne tour to hammer home how much rubbish we produce and encourage residents to reduce waste.”

Council staff and local charity partners will be supporting the tour, providing tips on recycling and reusing household items, like furniture and clothing.  The team will be touring locations around the borough, including:

  • Thursday 18 August –  11am to 3pm St Chads Park
  • Thursday 25 August – 8am – 4.30pm Asda, Chadwell Heath
  • Wednesday 31 August – 11am to 3pm Barking Park
  • Monday 5 September – 8am – 4.30pm  outside Iceland Dagenham Heathway