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Removal of Ashburton recycling facility makes no sense
27/02/2015 17:52:00


I’m told Croydon Council intends to remove the recycling facility in Ashburton Park. Their alleged reason? Because it encourages fly-tipping.

It is undoubtedly true that some users dump large items there in the hope that the Council will clear up after them, but it makes absolutely no sense to remove the recycling facility. If you make it harder for people to dispose of their rubbish, it’s likely to lead to more flytipping and it’s also unfair on all the people who use the facility.

What our Labour Council should be doing is exploring ways to identify and prosecute those that fly-tip in Ashburton Park.

I’ve had a number of residents contact me, understandably confused and upset by the Council’s decision. I have asked them for an explanation but as of yet I’ve had no response.

PS If anyone would like to report fly-tipping for removal then you can call the Council’s dedicated hotline on 020 8604 7000 or email details to flytip@croydon.gov.uk.

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On 27/02/2015 21:55:00 Barbara Randall wrote:
I agree it makes no sense that the Council have removed the recycling bins from Ashburton Park. Surely it can only add to fly tipping, not reduce it?

What I would add is that it would help us all if we could recycle more items. There is a long list of items that the Council cannot or will not accept for recycling. I appreciate that this is often because there aren't any recycling centres that will take those particular items but it would help if this problem itself could be addressed.

On 06/03/2015 18:50:00 Cllr Stuart Collins wrote:
Firstly the decision was made in consultation with the friends of the Ashburton Park & local residents nearby who agreed a park is not an appropriate place for a recycling centre.

Secondly I am pleased to say by September most residents will have a 240 litre green wheelie bin with a weekly co mingled recycling service replacing the unpopular boxes thus making it easier to recycle.

Thirdly we are prosecuting 11 people next week and further 35 next month for fly tipping compared to the previous Administration that only managed 3 prosecutions in four years.

Finally you have not asked me to explain why this was removed, so don't say you have had no response. Print this and you have your answer.

On 12/03/2015 10:17:00 Gavin Barwell wrote:

It's great you are prosecuting more people, but why can't you do that in this case? Why withdraw a facility that is used by lots of local residents? If you don't think it should be in the park, why not site it somewhere else?

It just feels like you're punishing the law-abiding majority rather than dealing with the people causing the problem.

On 27/03/2015 12:54:00 Clare wrote:
Since the removal of the recycling bins, there has been far less litter and fly tipping. Overall the park has already become more pleasant, all thanks to FOAP.

If people were able to make the effort to drive to the park and dump their goods, they can make the effort to drive to the dump!




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