Croydon council to widen commercial waste collection ban
The council of the London Borough of Croydon has announced plans to widen the ban of daytime commercial waste collections, as it attempts to prevent illegal fly-tipping activity on the streets of the borough.
The council introduced the initial ban in Thornton Heath High Street in March this year. Under the ban, commercial waste collectors are prohibited from collecting trade waste from businesses operating along Thornton Heath High Street between the hours of 9am and 6pm.
In the past, Thornton Heath shops placed their waste on the high street pavement in anticipation of the collection, but Croydon Council says this encourages fly-tippers to dump their rubbish alongside the waiting waste. It is thought that delaying the collections until after 6pm will prevent fly-tipping opportunists.
The council now plans to introduce the ban in London Road in West Croydon this summer, with more locations to be added later in the year. The initiative is part of Croydon Council’s ‘Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride’ waste campaign and will see over 100 businesses imposed with the ban.
Since the ban was introduced in Thornton Heath High Street, two businesses have already been handed fixed penalty fines by council enforcement officers for not following the rules of the ban.
Councillor Stuart Collins, of Croydon Council, commented: “Although it’s up to private businesses to dispose of their own shops’ waste, in practice this often meant there was discarded delivery rubbish that did Thornton Heath high street no favours. That’s why council officers stepped in to tighten the collection times and encourage shopkeepers to take more pride in their surroundings.”
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