Residents Protest

On Monday 19 March at 10am, Merton residents will protest about the state of litter on our streets here in our borough.

We are protesting against the 8 year contract that has been signed with Veolia back in April 2017 and the very poor service the borough has received over the last 10 months since. We are protesting about both Veolia and Merton Council as despite multiple reports of rubbish and litter problems from residents, neither party has taken these concerns seriously.

Various parts of the borough have not been swept for over six months or more. Street sweepers have been made redundant – there has been a reduction of 44% in the last year alone. Communal bins have also been reduced by a similar number from well over 1000 bins to just over 600.

We asking as many residents as possible to litter pick rubbish around your street and become part of the “My Clean Street” campaign for I Love Tidy Merton. Yes we do love a tidy Merton and we only wish the Council and Veolia knew how strongly we felt about this.

We will be taking our rubbish to Merton Council Offices and protesting about the state of rubbish:



Gather as much rubbish as possible between now and Monday 19 March and store at your property.


Bag it up and tell your neighbours all about the problems we are facing as a borough. Encourage them to join in.


Meet your fellow protesters at Sainsbury car park in Morden at 9:45am to gather as a group. Parking is 40 pence per hour. You won’t be able to miss us, so don’t worry about turning up and not knowing anyone. You will be most welcome!

Merton Council Offices

Map to reach Merton Council Offices

There are also plenty of buses that go to Morden from around the borough.


Bag up your rubbish in a red bag you will be given for the protest. Help will be provided at Sainsbury car park and walk to the Council Offices which looks like this in the picture below. Address: Merton Civic Centre, London Rd, Morden SM4 5DX

We will then spend some time outside the council offices with the rubbish, take photos to send off to news agencies and the protest will be over.


  1. Clean up the borough. Littering and fly-tipping has got out of hand. We all want to live in a clean place again.
  2. Put pressure on Merton Council to force Veolia to clean our streets properly which they are not currently doing.



Veolia is a French company, whose chairman last year earned just under 2 million Euros. His name is Antoine Frerot. Half of his salary was a bonus. Source (Bloomberg).


Last year Merton Council signed an 8 year deal with Veolia to manage all of Merton’s waste. Veolia staff pick up your weekly bin collections and recycling and are also supposed to sweep the streets and keep them clean, empty public rubbish bins etc.

Veolia also run waste management for Croydon, Kingston and Sutton under a deal known as the the South London Waste Partnership.

Since Veolia took over the waste contract from Merton Council, a little over 10 months ago, it has been a story of one disaster after another.

Merton residents are calling time on this contract – which is supposed to run for another seven of the eight years. We are not prepared to live with poor waste collection service and terrible littering throughout the entire borough.

Did you know that Veolia also have the option to extend the contract for another 16 years following this first 8 year period?

Please tell your neighbours about the protest. Let’s rise up and make Merton Council listen. A few years ago, they threatened to shut Wimbledon Library, but with enough protesting, that decision was stopped.

We need an equal level of pressure to get them to listen to us again. So share this page with your friends and colleagues in and around Merton and join us to ensure we don’t have to keep living in a borough full of litter.

Enough is enough. Let’s make #muckymerton history!


Topic: Mucky Merton Protest – Sunday 18 March 2018 & Monday 19 March 2018
Time: Mar 18, 2018 10:30 AM London (begins)

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After the protest, you’ll also have a chance to consider who you will vote for in the upcoming Local Elections for London on Thursday 3 May. Please do watch this little video about how Merton Council, run by a huge majority of Labour councillors have signed us up to this deal and have then ignored us completely. It’s less than 2 minutes and tells the story quickly. #NotVotingLabour #MuckyMerton