Press Release Ref : 4498
Press Release - Mon, 30 Jan 2012

Croydon thanks recycling residents

Environmentally-friendly Croydon residents have once again proved their green credentials by helping to recycle thousands of tonnes of food waste.

In the first 14 weeks of the council's new food waste collection, which launched in October, more than 3,000 tonnes was recycled into nutrient-rich agricultural fertiliser.

This represents massive savings; both financially - so far £154,450 has been saved - and in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

And now even more people will be able to recycle their food waste when the service rolls out to blocks of flats in the borough in February.

Schools will also be able to get involved, with a food waste collection pilot due to be introduced at a number of educational establishments across Croydon.

Current projections, including estimates from the new flats' service, show that the council will meet its target to divert 12,000 tonnes of food waste in the first year.

Croydon residents can recycle more than ever before - at their request a new mixed plastic collection service was also introduced to pick up food waste packaging, such as yogurt pots and fruit punnets.

In the first two months since its launch there has been a 22% increase in the amount of recycling collected from green boxes.

The impact of the new schemes means the council is collecting much less waste that is not recycled or composted, and will help save the council £600,000 a year.

Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for environment and highways, said: "I'd like to thank Croydon residents for embracing the new food waste scheme and making it such a resounding success.

"We want to take the borough's recycling rates up from 32% to about 44% in the next year or so, and with the continued help of residents we're well on track towards becoming one of London's best recycling boroughs."

For more information about recycling visit www.croydon.gov/recycling


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