One of this Conservative administration's biggest successes has been the work it has done to help us all recycle. When it came to power, aside from in a few pilot areas there was no kerbside collection of plastic, glass, cans, paper, cardboard or garden waste and no kerbside collection of food waste whatsoever. As a result, Croydon had one of the lowest recycling rates in the country, just 14 per cent.
That has all changed - soon we will be recycling nearly 50 per cent of our household waste - but this strong overall record was slightly marred this year by the fact that garden waste collections ended too early before all the leaves were down.
I am therefore delighted that my colleagues on Croydon Council have listened to the concerns that I and others have expressed to them and announced that garden waste collection will run for 32 weeks this year, compared with just 24 weeks last year. Collections will start in the week commencing 23 April or the week commencing 30 April and will continue until the week ending Friday 23 November or the week ending Friday 30 November. The Council will deliver two free clear garden waste sacks to each property during late March/early April.