How we deal with our waste is a key issue - caring for the future of the planet and ensuring that it’s fit for our children should be a top concern for us all.
Which is why the recent news that Croydon has won a national award for its reasoned approach to tackling recycling is to be applauded.
Earlier this week it was announced that Croydon won the 'local authority of the year' award at this year's Plant Waste Recycling trade show. The awards are the waste recycling version of The Oscars and the accolade is testament to the hard work that my colleagues at the Town Hall and in the Council offices have put into delivering innovative waste services that we can all be proud of.
The judges praised the Council for tackling some of the more challenging areas of recycling with a level of creativity worthy of a national prize. Last year Croydon took the decision to move to weekly food waste collections, catered recycling services to 1,500 blocks of flats and installed on-street recycling bins in busier areas of the Borough. They also improved the recycling system for kerbside collection of plastic packaging and seamlessly introduced a brand new collection system for over 120,000 homes.
Recycling rates in Croydon are almost three times better than what they were in 2006 and current forecasts for the end of 2012 show that approximately 46% of the borough's household waste will no longer be going to landfill. With the price per tonne of sending waste to landfill skyrocketing, this is welcome news which further helps to keep council tax down, something I'm sure we are all greatful for.