NEW BINS FOR RESIDENTS IN MAJOR RECYCLING DRIVE – plans to hit 50 per cent target

Residents across the borough of Croydon will get new bins and new collection dates under council plans to hit a 50 per cent recycling target.

From this week leaflets are hitting doorsteps across the borough about changes being introduced from September that include:

• New 240-litre wheelie bins for mixed paper and card
• A new 180-litre wheelie bin for general rubbish
• Existing bins will instead be used for recycling glass, plastic packaging, cans and cartons
• Council-branded bags so residents with limited outdoor space – such as flats above shops – can recycle more easily
• The ability to recycle household batteries as part of the weekly collection – currently batteries have to be taken to household recycling centres
• New collection days for over 75% of households to improve efficiency and reduce collection vehicle movements. Collections will stay as often as they are now.

The changes are designed to raise the amount of household waste recycled in the borough from under 40% to over 50%, reduce the amount of non-recyclable rubbish by 160,000 tonnes over 10 years, reduce litter by storing recycling in wheelie bins that prevent spillages, and save £5m per year on operational costs.

In addition to receiving leaflets both now and when their new wheelie bins are delivered over the summer, residents can also get more information about these changes at a series of roadshows at:

• Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 High Street, Thornton Heath, CR7 8LF. Thursday 5 July, 11am – 5pm.
• North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Thursday 12 July, noon – 6.30pm.
• Sainsbury’s, 130 Addington Road, Selsdon CR2 8LA. Saturday 14 July, 11am – 5pm.
Sainsbury’s, 66 Westow Street, Upper Norwood SE19 3RW. Tuesday 17 July, noon – 5pm.
• North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Saturday 21 July, noon – 6.30pm.
• Waitrose , 87 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead CR2 9LE. Thursday 26 July, noon – 5pm.
• Fishers Farm Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, North Downs Road, New Addington CR0 0LB. Friday 27 July, noon – 4pm.
• Tesco Extra Purley Cross, 8 Purley Road, Purley CR8 2HA. Tuesday 31 July, 11am – 6pm.

Cllr Stuart Collins, cabinet member for clean and green Croydon, said: “Our manifesto commitment is to recycle 50pc of Croydon’s household waste, so we are making it even easier for everyone to do their bit for the environment.

“From September residents across the borough, whether they live in a flat or a house, will be able to recycle more of their waste, with new wheelie bins or bags reducing litter.

“This will be a big change for a lot of people, so I would encourage residents to visit our website or attend one of our drop-in sessions over the coming months so they can get all the information they need to be ready for September.”

For more information please visit the council’s website. (Source: Croydon council press release)


Lambeth’s Street Champions want to help you remember “5Rs” that can make a difference to the environmental danger that plastic produces.

Oval Quarter Street Champions have been focusing on the problems of plastic. We spoke to our neighbours, friends and family about things we can all do to reduce our use of plastic. We introduced 5 Rs: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Rethink and Refuse.


Reducing the plastic we use is a quick win in the battle against plastic waste. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade. They don’t rot down, just break into smaller and smaller toxic bits. A plastic bag takes between 400 and 1,000 years to break down.


Plastic bottles and polystyrene cups are among the top five commonest litter items on streets and beaches. We recommend a reusable mug when you’re out buying a coffee, taking a refillable bottle (or skipping bottled water altogether) – simple ways of avoiding plastic in your drinks.


Separating recyclable items from waste is something simple we can all do.


Save at least 5p every supermarket visit by refusing plastic bags and packaging. Better still, take a cloth bag. Not only are you reducing the plastic you use, you’re also sending a powerful message that we don’t want plastic packaging. We also say, say “no” to straws with drinks and milkshakes. If you do need a straw, get a reusable stainless steel or glass one.


Plastic gets in to the food chain. For instance, a plastic bottle dumped in the ocean eventually gets broken down into pieces small enough  to be eaten by little fish which in turn get eaten by larger fish. The larger fish ends up in the supermarket and on your plate! In Blue Planet II, David Attenborough raised awareness of the damage plastic has on the global environment. Over 17 million viewers heard him say: ‘never before have we had such an awareness of what we’re doing to the planet. And never before have we had the power to do something about it’. We see 2018 as the year of hope that we will be able to sustain the environment for years to come.


Remember: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Rethink and Refuse plastic. These simple solutions can make a positive contribution towards one of the environment’s biggest challenges.

For more information

Street Champions are everywhere. They’re the Lambeth residents who check on elderly neighbours when the weather’s cold; who take parcels in for you; who care about their street and want it to be a clean, safe and neighbourly place. Become a Street Champion
Find out more about the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) see their official pages – helping move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy by re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products; re-thinking how we use and consume products, and re-defining what is possible. (Written by: Monir El Moudden, Oval Quarter Street Champions Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)

GET COMPOSTING! –  It’s easy and it’s good for the Earth!

Man in wooly hat holding compost bin lid open with one hand while putting cut tree branch in with the other

Here are some ways in which you can get involved with composting in Lambeth.

From scraps to better soil

Home composting is not as hard as you might think. With a few easy steps, you can go from a bin full of food waste to a garden filled with nutrient-rich soil. It’s just a matter of knowing what can and can’t go into the compost bin.

Balance your greens and browns

Aerobic compost bins – the type most commonly found at home – take all raw and cooked fruit and vegetables, grass cuttings and cut flowers (the ‘greens’), as well as other kitchen and garden waste such as autumn leaves, eggshells and used paper towels (the ‘browns’). Keeping a balance between the two is the key to healthy compost. Your work will pay off in time, as you’ll be rewarded with nutrient-rich compost, excellent for flower beds, pots, and fruit or vegetable gardens.

Good for the environment

It only takes a second to decide to separate your food waste, but it will have a long-term impact on the environment. Composting not only leads to a reduction in waste going to incineration, but can also benefit your own garden.

Recycle your food waste

Making use of Lambeth’s weekly food waste collection service allows you to recycle all of your food scraps and leftovers including dairy, meat and bones. This waste is then made into ProGrow compost, which is available at Vale Street Recycling Centre. It is used to improve farmland around London, reducing the need for artificial fertilizer.

For more information

Most homes with a kerbside bin collection in Lambeth have a food waste collection. To find out more about what to recycle and your collection date see the Lambeth Council information pages. Food waste collections are not available on estates.
Lambeth offers subsidised home composting equipment (eg wormeries for food waste and compost bins for garden waste). Find out more from the getcomposting web pages. (Written by: Veolia Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)


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