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Huge take-up of food waste recycling
04/11/2011 09:47:00

I have been passed figures by Croydon Council which show that, in the first month of the food waste recycling service, the Council collected nearly 800 tonnes - and that's before the service has been rolled out to blocks of flats. Even if no-one in flats takes up the service, this would mean that over the course of a year nearly 10,000 tonnes of food waste that would previously have been sent to landfill will now be recycled. Not only is that great for the environment but it will save the Council something like half a million pounds in landfill tax.

A big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to separate out their waste and to the Council for providing us with the opportunity. Croydon used to be one of the worst places in the country for recycling - the huge increase we have seen in the last five years is one of the Conservative administration at the Town Hall's greatest achievements.

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On 06/11/2011 00:09:00 Jim wrote:
I remember the headmaster of Benson School (Leslie Foster) in the 1970s was keen on recycling paper and packaging, and the scouts in Shirley used to collect newspapers. I find it rather worrying sign of the times that people have so much "food waste" these days.

Not convinced by the saving. All those plastic boxes and extra labour. I suppose it's down to all those trendy green stealth taxes. Half a million pounds saved in landfill tax? Less money for central government, which finances much of local government anyway and will have to get the cash elsewhere. What goes around, comes around. Perhaps better not to have a landfill tax at all. But then the council couldn't "save" so much.

Now if people were charged according to how much and what they throw out (like businesses have to), that would make sense. But I suppose the wonderful Croydonians whom you serve so well would just fly tip it... and then moan to the council about the mess.

On 07/11/2011 23:06:00 Alan Reynolds wrote:
I agree this is very commendable. We are doing this, though we continue to put vegetable waste into our own composter and bury in the border by front door (when rotted down). Do you know what estimate the Council had made of the total weight of food waste previously included in general waste and thus what proportion is currently being separated out? I had read stories that take up was better in South and Central Croydon than in North Croydon.
On 23/12/2011 17:24:00 John wrote:
I have to give credit to the Conservative run Croydon Council for introducing food recycling & extending the scope of plastics recycling. As you stated in your blog, the London Borough of Croydon used to have one of the worst recycling schemes in London, now it has one of the best.

I would also like to thank Croydon Council for keeping garden waste collections, be it at a reduced level. The London Borough of Merton (where my parents live) has stopped garden waste collections, which I think is a false economy (as a lot of garden waste will now end up in non-recyclable waste).

I’m not the most enthusiastic gardener, but I think starting garden waste collections in June & stopping them in early October is too short a time period. It would make more sense, to start collections in April and stop them in November, and reduce the frequency of collections to every third or fourth week, as suits the Council’s finances.

On 26/01/2012 21:52:00 John wrote:
Further to my positive comments on Croydon Council’s recycling policy, I would like to make some more general points relating to national recycling.

Approximately 11-13 billion plastic bags are given away free to UK shoppers every year. These bags are used on average for about 20 minutes. At the moment, all these bags end up in landfill and can take between 100-800 years to break down, because they photo-degrade rather than biodegrade. This Government should impose a tax on single use plastic bags. It will raise revenue. Taxation is a legitimate method of changing people’s habits.

Low energy compact fluorescent lamps contain mercury, an extremely toxic chemical. Now that tungsten general lighting service (GLS) lamps have been banned by the EU, more & more low energy light bulbs will end up in landfill. The government has to come up with a viable scheme to ensure these lamps are recycled/disposed of in a responsible manner.

Gavin, what are your personal views & what are the views of your coalition government?




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