Croydon Council’s new garden waste collection bin service started this week and is already in full swing, with well over 10,000 households signed up and around 100 new people joining each day.
The move is saving local taxpayers some £1.6m, as well as bringing environmental benefits by cutting the number of vehicles needed by half and composting waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill.
“By introducing this charge we are not only saving a significant amount of money every year, but we are also stopping a situation whereby those with no gardens were effectively subsidising others who generate a lot of green waste. Residents still have the alternatives of home composting or taking their waste to the recycling centres themselves. However for those who still want the convenience of a collection an improved and value-for-money service remains available.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
Almost 95% of people who have registered for garden waste collections did so online via the council’s MyAccount registration system. This also means they will receive special offers and any news on updates to the service direct to their email inboxes. MyAccount also lets people quickly report problems with collections and allows them to change their details quickly online.
Many of those customers needing help to get online or who didn’t have internet access were still able to successfully join the service by getting assistance at the council’s ‘Go On Digital Zone’, based in Access Croydon, Mint Walk.
More information is available at www.croydon.gov.uk/gardenwaste.
New registrations for garden waste collections can be made right up until November, with renewals due for existing customers in December.