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#1 Borgus

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:37 AM

From ThisIsCroydonToday:

Recycling fines coming into force in Croydon from January 2013

Monday, October 15, 2012

TAKE care how you dispose of wrapping paper this Christmas – compulsory recycling is coming to town.

People who fail to sort their rubbish correctly could be fined £80 under new rules being introduced on January 1.

The plans were given the thumbs-up following a consultation process, although Labour dismissed the results as "unconvincing" and said the council should focus on fly-tipping instead.

The new rules will be enforced by a team of "waste awareness officers" who, the council says, will visually inspect, rather than rummage through, people's bins. Those not recycling will be subject to a 12-week process of "personal advice and reminder letters". Anyone who still does not change their ways will be fined and could face court action.

Phil Thomas, cabinet member for the environment, said: "The vast majority of households recycle and they won't need to change anything they do.

"We want to find out if people who aren't recycling don't have the required box or don't understand what they should be doing and work with them.

"If they then don't want to co-operate we will fine them, where necessary, and take legal action as a last resort."

The council estimates the scheme will save £200,000 a year.

Though the idea won the support of Croydon Friends of the Earth, the Green Party said enforcement was "overwhelmingly not the way forward" and called for an incentive-based system.

According to the council's consultation process introducing a tougher approach in Croydon has public support. Nearly two-thirds of the 372 people who took part via paper and online surveys supported compulsory recycling.

Stuart Collins, Labour's environment spokesman, remains unconvinced. He said: "The numbers are hardly a ringing endorsement, particularly when the questions are so loaded. It would have been interesting to see the results if the choice was between compulsory recycling and tackling fly-tipping."

Cllr Thomas added: "Recycling makes huge savings for the council, and that's money we can spend on improving services or keeping the council tax down."

Blocks of flats and homes above shops will initially be excluded when the new system is introduced.
The waste awareness team, which will operate for six months, will cost £60,000.

Cabinet members are expected to approve the scheme at a meeting on Tuesday.


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:10 PM

You know 'those people'? The ones who are insufferable do-gooders,who get their noses in everywhere on the pretext that it's 'for your own good'? They can be annoying,can't they?
Well,the above weeze is part of the desperate lengths that councils will go to,to keep those people out of the office,annoying someone else.Anybody else.
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:29 AM

Councils have to pay to use landfill - That means we are paying. It makes me angry when I walk past black bins overflowing with recyclable things - paper, cardboard, bottles etc. The 'insufferable do-gooders' are actually trying to keep costs down for all of us, and make the world a better place for our kids by recycling materials

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 10:31 AM

The downside of all this cracking down/fines is the flaming fly tipping which drives me nuts! People regularly dump refuse at the top of the little track that leads to our flats to avoid having to dispose of it 'properly'.

Speaking of fly tipping, is that what's happened at the junction of St Aubyn's Rd and Brunel Close on the triangle? We walked past a big mound of what looked like broken up tarmac etc. in the road last night - assume illegal as no barriers/warnings around it.





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