This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 30/03/2017.
How the council plans to stop long queues forming at Croydon’s rubbish tips
A Croydon councillor has said the ever-growing queues at the Purley Oaks tip are causing “chaos” for residents – despite improvement works being carried out there just months ago.
Purley Oaks Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC), on Brighton Road, closed for two weeks in December last year while the work was carried out.
The upgrade was designed to improve the layout, reduce the number of times containers have to be emptied each day and shorten queues.
Despite this, Councillor Phil Thomas has slammed the long waiting times still being endured at the tip, claiming that the changes “didn’t solve the problem”.
“We had this all last summer and Councillor Collins promised he would remedy it by changing the inside of the centre.
“What he has done is reshuffle a few of the containers around but it hasn’t solved the problem of the site being too small with [all] the cars that go in there.
“Now that we have had a bit of decent weather people are sorting out their gardens and are going to the centre but it is causing queues.
“Any queues there cause chaos.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for Clean Green Croydon, believes the centre is more than capable of coping with the high demand.
“The bottom line is if people go at the same time there will be queues,” he said.
“There will be queues at every single recycling centre in the whole country unless they are gigantic. Croydon has got three [recycling centres] which is more than most boroughs.
“When we did a survey on satisfaction at the centre – the survey was done not by us but the South London Waste Partnership – 98% of people were satisfied with Purley Oaks and 99% of people were satisfied with Factory Lane (in West Croydon).”
Cllr Collins added, however, that Croydon Council is looking at new ways of notifying people of waiting times at the centres.
He said: “What we are looking at is a webcam system which we can put up online and say what the queuing times are at each centre as well as what the best times are to go.”
Earlier this month Cllr Thomas expressed concerns over a new scheme which will require residents to provide identification to gain a permit to use any of the three waste and recycling tips in Croydon.
From April 3 residents will need a permit when using the household reuse and recycling centres (HRRCs) at Factory Lane in West Croydon, Fishers Farm, in North Downs Road, New Addinton, or Purley Oaks, in Brighton Road, South Croydon.
Cllr Thomas was especially concerned that it would lead to more fly-tipping.