Food and drink cartons, which householders in Croydon have previously had to add to their landfill waste, can now be put into green recycling boxes for kerbside collection.
Croydon has added this commonly-used packaging to the already
wide range of materials that can be added to green kerbside boxes, along
with bottles and tins, saving money on costly landfill taxes.
Tetrapak ™ is one commonly recognisable brand name for the types of
carton used for produce such as milk, fruit juice and soup. Millions are
thrown away by residents every year.
Until now, the cartons have had to be sent to expensive landfill because
they require specialist treatment to separate paper from the other layers.
As well as putting them into green boxes, these cartons can also go into
communal recycling bins at blocks of flats or be taken to any of the
council’s recycling centres.
Containers should be rinsed clean and to save space they should also be
squashed before putting them into the recycling bins.
Croydon currently recycles nearly 45pc of waste collected from homes
across the borough.
Cllr Phil Thomas, cabinet member for highways and environmental
services, said: “By introducing this new initiative, we will move closer to
our current target of recycling 50pc of all of the borough’s waste.
“We have already seen a three-fold increase over the past six years and, with the
help of local people, we know we can improve still further.” (Source: Croydon council press release)
MP LAUNCHES COMMISSION TO PROBE CROYDON NORTH LITTER CRISIS
Croydon North MP Steve Reed has set up a commission to investigate the
growing crisis of litter-strewn streets across the north of the borough.
A recent Freedom of Information request showed that complaints to
Croydon council about flytipping have increased 150pc since 2011.
Figures show that in South Norwood ward there have been 407 complaints about ‘fly-tipping’ – an increase of 259 per cent since 2011-12 while in Upper Norwood ward there have been 273 complaints – an increase of 18 pc since 2011 -12.
Both wards have Church Road as their boundary – with South Norwood leaping over the boundary in some places.
Hundreds of residents have spoken to Mr Reed about their anger and
frustration at streets that are often full of unswept litter, dog mess and
dumped rubbish, said a statement from the MP’s office.
The commission will hold a series of public hearings across Croydon North and will invite residents, community groups, schools and businesses to give evidence about the extent of the problem and what needs to be done to put things right.
Residents will be able to provide evidence including photographs via a website, by email, or by completing a written questionnaire.
The commission starts work this month and will submit their final report to the council before the end of the year.
The commission, which will operate independently of Mr Reed and of any political party, is being chaired by Croydon BME forum chief executive Nero Ughwujabo. Its members include representatives from business, churches, mosques, and residents’ associations.
Steve Reed MP said: “The streets in Croydon North are visibly dirtier than
in neighbouring boroughs or even the south of our own borough.
“Fly tipping has reached crisis levels with complaints more than double the level recorded in 2010.
“Keeping the streets clean is a basic public service that Croydon council has failed to get right, so I’ve appointed an independent commission to listen to local people’s views and tell the council what needs to change to sort out Croydon’s litter crisis.”
Nero Ughwujabo said: “We are inviting residents to share their experience of litter, fly tipping and dumped rubbish on local streets. “I also want to hear people’s views about how our streets could be kept cleaner.
“The commission aims to establish the scale of the problem and then make recommendations on how to improve it.
“I hope every political party contesting next year’s council elections
will look at our final proposals and consider adopting them as part of
Members of the Croydon Streets commission are:
· Nero Ughwujabo – chairs BME forum
· Julie McDonagh – formerly chaired Norbury Village residents’
· Tanveer Sajjid – secretary of Croydon Mosque
· Bobby Dreskhaj – local business owner (Yeha Noha café, South
· Damian Luke – who chairs Croydon Churches forum and West Croydon
· Malti Patel – board member, Asian Resource Centre
· Tina Norris – who chairs Grangewood & Whitehorse residents’
The commission has been appointed by Croydon North MP Steve Reed in line with a commitment he made during the Croydon North by-election, but it will operate independently of him and of any political party. The commission will be responsible for their final report and any recommendations. (Source: Office of Steve Reed MP)
CYCLISTS ON ROADS
The danger of riding between the pavement and large stationary vehicles is
the focus of a new cycling safety initiative launched this week by Croydon
The campaign seeks to keep riders safe by raising awareness of the risks of being hit by buses and lorries making left turns, particularly at traffic
This area is often a ‘blind spot’ in mirrors, meaning that drivers who are
turning may well not be able to see anyone who has ridden up alongside them while they have been waiting for the lights to change
Casualty statistics show that this is a relatively common cause of serious
injury, and one which can easily be prevented.
The council says it is keen to increase the number of people cycling in Croydon, and has improved cycle lanes and put in better bicycle storage facilities
at major stations.
It also works with British Cycling, which co-ordinates a number of guided social rides throughout the year. These are set up to help
people gain confidence on two wheels. Details of the next ride, on
October 20th, can be found at http://www.goskyride.com/Croydon
From October 14th, campaign banners will be displayed on lamp posts, a
promotional trailer will be driven around the borough, and stickers and
posters will be sent to local business, and placed on vans and lorries.
In Croydon over the past 12 months more than 100 cycling-related accidents, causing serious or slight injuries, have been reported, one of which resulted in a death.
Cllr Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and
transport, said: “Even one fatality is one too many and that’s why this is
an important message for cyclists and drivers alike.
“We want to see more people take up cycling and we want them to stay safe while on two wheels.”
More information about the campaign can be found at
www.croydon.gov.uk/roadsafety (Source: Croydon council press release)
MAYOR’S LANDLORD ACCREDITATION SCHEME ‘WILL TAKE 36 YEARS TO ACHIEVE’
New figures show that the Mayor of London’s target to get 100,000 London
landlords accredited by 2016 will take over 36 years at its current rate, say London Assembly Labour councilloirs.
The figures, published by the Mayor following a written question, show that
just 13,000 private sector landlords are currently accredited – an increase
of only 2,400 in the 17 months since Boris pledged to get 100,000 landlords accredited by 2016.
“The figures come at a time when the number of complaints against rogue
landlords is increasing” said a London Assembly Labour group statement.
“Shelter reports a 47pc increase in private sector tenant complaints in London in the last five years (to 18,700). “At the same time, more than 250,000 privately rented homes still fail to meet the Decent Homes standard used in the social rented sector while London rents
increased by 9pc last year and 12pc the year before.”
Labour London Assembly housing spokesman Tom Copley has called for the Mayor to use his access to Transport for London advertising space to promote awareness of landlords and tenant’s rights and responsibilities.
“In the face of rising rents, worsening landlord practices and poor housing
conditions, the Mayor has put his faith in what he calls “voluntary
self-regulation” of the private rented sector.
“Only this Mayor would believe the way to tackle bad landlords is to give them more power over how the sector is regulated and then allow them to ignore these weak regulations if they don’t like them.
“At the current rate that Boris is signing landlords up to his voluntary
scheme, it will take over 36 years for the Mayor to meet the 100,000 target
he set himself at the 2012 election and, either way, bad landlords will not
sign up to the Mayor’s voluntary scheme.
“Boris is 87,000 landlords short of his target; to meet this we need a step
change from the Mayor. He should use the advertising facility with TfL to
promote the scheme – something he has failed to do even once during his
five years in office.
“This is another case of Boris showing a complete lack of determination to improve London’s private rented sector for disempowered
tenants.” (Source: London Assembly Labour group press release).
NEW BUSINESS PLANNED TO RUN SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES
Continued improvements to educational standards and projected savings to
local taxpayers of £1m per year will be the result of plans for a new
trading company say Croydon council – who are setting the scheme up.
Changes to the education system over recent years have led to the council
reconsidering the future of a range of services it provides to schools in
Croydon, said the council in a statement.
“As a result, a new mutually-run trading company has been recommended as the best way for school improvement, educational psychology, HR, literacy and employment training, financial support and selected welfare services to be made available to local head teachers.
“The proposed company would operate and trade independently from the
council, although the authority would be a shareholder and would continue
to monitor the quality of service provided.
“Schools and members of staff as well as private investors could also be shareholders. “The business model would have many benefits over existing arrangements which are felt to be
increasingly out of step with the way many schools are becoming more
independent from the council.
“Amongst these benefits will be the opportunity for the new company to work with schools outside Croydon, which could help the business grow.
“Where the council has a statutory duty to provide services to schools these will also be purchased from the company” the council statement added.
Cllr Tim Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning,
said: “Councils across the UK are gradually moving towards this type of
approach to providing both statutory and non-statutory services.
“It’s becoming a well-tested formula and we’re confident that this is the right decision in the best interests of schools and local taxpayers.”
The council says it has already begun to sell a number of educational services to local schools in recent years and over the same time has seen GCSE exam results steadily improving. (Source: Croydon council press release)