What is left after Camden market ends?

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The litter is taking over the beauty of Camden Markets – and the locals aren’t happy.

Camden Market, probably one of the most popular London markets as well as Portobello Road, attracts large numbers of people each weekend to varied shops ranging from corset shops to cheap Chinese takeaways.

Local shops leading up to the bustling Camden Lock markets. Photo: Shirley Fehr
Local shops leading up to the bustling Camden Lock markets. Photo: Shirley Fehr

Yet when the tourists have left with their loaded carrier bags, the market is is left covered in litter. At dawn it is up to the dustmen to clean up with the mess that remains.

But on Sunday nights the local residents are not happy. When they return from their weekend escapades they often find their streets covered with leftovers, empty bags and discarded cans.

Fabrizio Dicerto, 21, musician, says: “I have lived in Camden for three years now. I love the place, the atmosphere and the people. I have to say I started to leave the town with my guitar during the weekends as I couldn’t take the noise, dirt and the crowd any longer.

“I think it’s good to have that euphoria all over the place but when you live here it’s very annoying to see that most of the tourists don’t care about keeping the place clean.”

A common problem on any given Sunday evening is the takeaway boxes left on the ground.

Takeaway shop worker Hadong Geng, 19, says: “We know that the people living in this area are not happy to bump into our food boxes but it’s not our fault if people do not care about leaving their rubbish behind.

Marketers at the lock take a break by the river. Photo: Shirley Fehr

“For us, weekends are the best days for our business and that is what matters.”

Alizee Dupert, 27, a French tourist visiting Camden, says: “We are all tourists somehow, and we have all left boxes of fast food behind us. I think it’s the result of the lack of bins and there are so many people that it’s almost impossible to care about these details when you are on vacation.

“We are all tourists somehow, and we have all left boxes of fast food behind us. I think it’s the result of the lack of bins and there are so many people that it’s almost impossible to care about these details when you are on vacation.

“I do care of the cleanliness of the place I live in but it is true that when I’m abroad I don’t think much about it.”

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