A plastic-free month in Croydon – are you up for the challenge?

Posted on September 28th, by Grace Onions in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Giant plastic bins are provided to help us use less… plastic. Could there be another way for Croydon?

Here in Croydon, we now have massive plastic wheelie bins to encourage us to recycle more plastic (and other items). The first thought that came into my mind on hearing of this change to our recycling collections was a phrase about leading a horse to water… but maybe I’m … Read More »

Summer 2018 in brief

Posted on September 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of summer 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

Football came home to Boxpark

July’s World Cup celebrations in Boxpark Croydon made national news. After images of local fans’ exuberant reactions to the national team’s success left TV commentator and former England international Rio Ferdinand ‘seriously impressed‘, a good-humoured rivalry for ‘most enthusiastic support for England’ arose between Croydon and Newcastle. Even after England lost their semi-final … Read More »

Ignore the many: Croydon’s bins cause a crisis

Posted on September 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Does Croydon’s new recycling policy suit everyone?

When it comes to change there is an immutable truth: you can’t please everybody. Just look at the hot topic of the moment – bins.

Yet the need to improve our recycling rate has cross-party agreement and broad support across Croydon. We even used to be rather good at it.

The proportion of Croydon’s household waste that was … Read More »

How many bins do we need in Croydon?

Posted on July 26th, by Uday Shukla in Politics & Society. 3 comments

How workable is Croydon Council’s new recycling policy? And how many bins are too many?

When someone has a good idea, praise is not always that forthcoming – but when they have a bad idea, everyone’s a critic. Personally, I usually reserve judgement for a while before making up my mind. However every now and again, there’s an idea that’s so ill-conceived, you wonder how on earth … Read More »

Re-using bikes: in Croydon, recycling means exactly what it says

Posted on September 18th, by Andrew Dickinson in Politics & Society. 9 comments

How one man and sixty bikes stayed the course and avoided the scrapheap

Just a little story to share with you.

One of the original projects on the Croydon ReUse site was a social enterprise that would make use of unwanted bikes. These would either be donated machines from the public or cycle shops where they had done a trade-in. Or, believe it or not, where … Read More »

Love Food Hate Waste Part 2 – A Cold Wind Blowing

Posted on February 13th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 5 comments

In the second part to her spotlight on the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, ‘A Cold Wind Blowing’, Liz Sheppard-Jones explains what impact the recession has had on efforts to curb needless waste, what the role of businesses is in all of this, and what Croydonians can do to get involved

A cold wind blowing

A socio-economic elephant squats dead-centre in the room when it comes … Read More »

Love Food Hate Waste Part One – Think Globally, Act Croydon

Posted on February 5th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 5 comments

In this first part of a series, Liz Sheppard-Jones notes some startling news about the state of recycling in Croydon

Croydon has received some extremely good news. We waited a long time, we made a lot of effort, powerful forces weighed in to make it happen – basically, we’d earned it. But the big announcement still came as a surprise. It’s not often that we … Read More »