Permits needed to use Recycling Centres in Croydon from 3 April 2017

From 3 April 2017 you need a permit to use any of Croydon’s three Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs). The Council has introduced the scheme to reduce waiting times at the sites and to ensure that only Croydon residents use the sites. a

The permits are free. In order to get a permit you need to bring along two pieces of ID from a list of acceptable documents, one being photo ID.

See the council website for full details, here.

 

Recycling your Christmas tree in Croydon isn’t easy, but Croydon Treecycle is doing something about it!

If you want to recycle your Christmas tree, but don’t want a car full of needles

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or to haul your tree through the streets on foot,

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Today is the deadline to register for Croydon’s paid-for garden waste collection service. Whatever the rights or wrongs of the council’s proposal, green waste collections don’t run over the Christmas period in any case – just when a large number of Croydon households have one very obvious item of green waste for recycling!

Croydon Treecycle say,

“Around 11,000 Christmas trees are dropped off at the council’s designated tree collection points each year, but this likely represents only 10% of the number of ‘real’ Christmas trees in the borough. The other 90% of trees will go to landfill, with each tree costing the council around £2.50 in fees and landfill taxes!

However, Croydon residents are usually pretty good at recycling: In 2013, 44% of Croydon’s household waste was sent for reuse, recycling and composting – better than the national average, and far better than the London average. That’s 44% of household waste, but only 10% of Christmas trees. This compares very poorly with neighbouring Lambeth, where 85 tons of trees were recycled in 2013! Of course, Lambeth operates a kerbside tree collection service, and this is where Croydon Treecycle believes the difference lies.

Croydon Council provides 18 tree collection points around the borough, but expect you to get your Christmas tree there yourself.

If you own a car, this means stuffing the tree into the boot or back seat, risking scratches to yourself and your car’s paintwork, pine needles everywhere, and potentially releasing mould spores into the car environment. Also, consider the environmental impact of one car journey per tree.

If you don’t own a car – and 33% of Croydon households do not – you can either haul the tree through the streets to your collection point, or try taking your tree with you on public transport. For example, for Fairfield residents, a trip from central Croydon to the Oaks Rd / Coombe Rd collection point would mean enjoying a tram ride with your tree, followed by 20mins of hauling on foot. Good luck with that!

The lack of a kerbside collection acts as a barrier to residents’ usual inclination to recycle, so Croydon Treecycle is offering a low-cost collection service. For just £10, Croydon residents can book to have their tree collected from outside their home. No mess, no fuss.”

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Croydon Treecycle is registered with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier and is running services on residents’ usual recycling days. Targeting areas in this way allows Croydon Treecycle to minimise the amount of driving each van has to do and therefore, limit its CO2 emissions. If you’d prefer a collection on an alternative day this could be arranged for an additional fee.

Chipping and mulching a Christmas tree reduces by 80% the carbon footprint of the same tree in landfill.

Trees are taken to wood chipping facilities in the south of the borough where they are turned into compost, which will later promote further organic growth and further carbon capture. Chipping and mulching a Christmas tree reduces by 80% the carbon footprint of the same tree in landfill.

Croydon Treecycle say,

It will take time to change the council’s green waste collection policy, but you can take action today by booking a Christmas tree collection from Croydon Treecycle, at www.croydon-treecycle.co.uk.

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Croydon Treecycle website has further info, including useful tips on how to take down your Christmas tree.

Find them on Twitter at @CroydnTreecycle

But,

if you’d prefer to opt for the Council’s free collection service, click here for details of free drop-off points and opening hours of Refuse and Recycling Centres.

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Whatever you decide, please do not fly-tip or bin your tree!

Will you pay for your garden waste to be removed?

The free garden waste collection service ends on 27 November 2015.

Croydon Council is proposing to introduce a charged seasonal garden waste service from April 2016, which will run fortnightly from April to November each year.

Residents are being asked to register for the proposed service by 31 December 2015.  The council will then decide if there is enough interest to put the scheme in place.

Anyone wanting to register their interest has to do so online, using the My Croydon app. You will need to register online for a My Croydon account, if you haven’t done so already.

You cannot sign up in person, by phone, letter or by email.*

* UPDATE at 10 December A phone number will be made available from Monday 14 December, in response to concerns from residents. This should allow those who cannot access online registration or payment to do so by phone and hopefully will include the option of cheque or cash payment.

http://my.croydon.gov.uk/gardenwaste

If you do not have access to a computer at home the council advise that access is available at a library, using a smart phone or tablet, or you can visit the self-serve computers available at Access Croydon.

You will not be charged for the proposed service when you register but if the new service goes ahead it will begin on 18 April 2016, and the council will contact you in January 2016 to let you know and to take payment.

Payment can only be made online*, using a credit or debit card.  You cannot make payment by cash or by cheque.

Anyone paying for the service before 19 February 2016 will receive an early bird discount of £10.

All who pay will then receive a wheeled bin for garden waste. The garden waste may not be collected on the same day as your refuse and recycling.

The cost each year for the new service will be:

  • £55 for 140 litre small wheeled bin
  • £60 for 240 litre large wheeled bin
  • £105 for two 240 litre large wheeled bins

There will be no option for two 140 litre small wheeled bins.

The dimensions of the wheeled bins are:

  • 140 litre bin: 106cm height  x  48cm width  x  54cm depth
  • 240 litre bin: 107cm height   x  58cm width  x  74cm depth

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 We’d love to know your thoughts on the scheme.
Are you for or against the scheme?
Why?
Are you happy to sign up and pay online?
Leave comments here or email us at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

Garden waste collections in Croydon – What do you think?

Garden waste collections will finish across the borough in the next two weeks, with plans to introduce a paid-for service if there is sufficient take-up for the scheme.

When we asked on Twitter this was the response.

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What do you think?

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Please do not make party-political comments.

To see the details of the scheme, click here.

Update on Croydon’s Refuse and Recycling

Following questions raised at our meeting in South Norwood in May 2015, a council officer has kindly provided the following update and clarification, copied to Cllr Stuart Collins who has responsibility for this area: 

Don’t Mess with Croydon continues to achieve really positive results. 

Headlines include:

  • Clearing over 80% of reported fly tips within 48 hours.  This has improved from 72 hours in the previous year.
  • Issuing over 100 Fixed Penalty Notices per month for environmental offences – an increase from around 40 per month in the previous year
  • We now have 10 successful prosecutions for fly-tipping offences since June 2014 – more than we have ever done before.  We are in Court with a further two cases in early May and have more in the pipeline.
  • 658 visits to shops and businesses since June 2014 to ensure that they have trade waste contracts and are disposing of rubbish correctly.
  • 215 street champions signed up with clear up events taking place across the Borough practically every weekend.
  • We have Improved facilities for recycling and disposal of waste in a number of locations where these are limited e.g. for flats above shops.  The length of Portland Road will receive these new bins in the next couple of weeks
  • Taking action to get owners of eyesore front gardens to get them to tidy up.

The Council produces a monthly dashboard so you can keep up to date with progress using this.  The link is as follows:

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/environment/dontmess/standards-of-street-cleaning

Provided by:

Andy Opie
Director of Safety

The following points were clarified:

Issuing fines for fly-tipping
CCC: We understand that fine process for fly-tipping has been simplified i.e. rather than a laborious process as before, less time is spent on checking and verifying/double checking.  The process of issuing fines is now swift, with the onus on the person identified and served with a notice to refute the claim that they were directly responsible for the fly-tip/mess found with evidence pointing to it belonging to them. e.g. correspondence with name/address.

Is this true?  If so, please would you explain so we represent this new approach accurately?

Council: No, this isn’t the case.  If anything, the opposite is true.  The Council are keen to make sure that every fine that is issued has the required level of evidence to ensure that we can prosecute if the fine is unpaid.  Each case is different, but this may require follow up checks, interviews and other investigative work.

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Street Champions
CCC: What are Street Champions and what is their role?

Council: Details are on the following link: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/environment/dontmess/green-champions

New Recycling facilities
CCC:
Re your penultimate point – New recycling facilities – we note that someone has tweeted a pic of a bulk food recycling bin for a flat.  Is this something new and is this what you are referring to? Greater detail would be appreciated.

Council: No, the food waste bins are not new.  What I was referring to is new dual bins that will be installed on Portland Rd shortly.  These will be in addition to the existing street litter bins and will provide facilities for residents without storage capacity for wheelie bins to dispose of their household waste and to recycle without the need to leave it on the street.

Removal of dead animals
CCC:
A minor point. I also wonder whether the rapid removal of dead animals is a new thing, and if so, please provide text on this. I reported a chicken, presumably savaged by a fox, near to my home.  It was removed within hours. I see Johnny Rose has reported a dead fox via Twitter today, rapidly noted for collection.

Council: This is something that the Council has already tried to do quickly but is helpful to know that we have provided a good service for you recently.

The app
CCC: Some report this works extremely well. Others have had issues due to the operating system required.  Has this been noted and/or resolved?

Council: The Council are constantly reviewing the use of the app and ensuring that it is working effectively.  The number of reports on the app increases every month, which shows that it is working.  However, we accept that it doesn’t work perfectly for everyone all the time.  If anyone is experiencing difficulties please ensure that these are reported to the Council so that they can be investigated and rectified.
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Follow-up meeting
CCC: We held a meeting with Tony Brooks last year and we would like to repeat that sometime in the near future.

Council: Yes.  That would be possible.

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