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Message started by Phil_Thomas on May 19th, 2011 at 11:22am

Title: Purley Oaks Recycling Centre
Post by Phil_Thomas on May 19th, 2011 at 11:22am
In January 2010, a planning application was submitted by the Council for the existing Purley Oaks Recycling Centre to be enlarged into the existing Highways Depot at the rear. However after about a year, the planning application was withdrawn and the scheme will not be progressing.

The RRA believes this is a shame, because at some times, especially weekends in the spring and summer months, the traffic queues for the Recycling Centre can cause several minutes delays for residents’ trying to ingress and egress Riddlesdown Road/Downs Court Rd and also for those trying to enter Purley Oaks. We have taken this up with the Purley & Sanderstead Ward Councillors, as to why the application was withdrawn and whether the road layout can be improved.

This to me, does seem shortsighted, as my namesake Councillor at Croydon Council, is encouraging us all to recycle more and the cost per tonne to the Council, for waste disposal is rising all the time. Any means therefore, to make recycling more attractive ought to be encouraged! 

We have also suggested to the Council Officers that the Council might like to consider improving the traffic flows on this “roundabout”, to at least keep some exit and crossover points clear. They say they are looking into the matter. We are aware there have been other complaints.

Cllr Phil Thomas also reports to us, that it is hoped a new planning application can be submitted shortly to enlarge the Centre and thereby increase on site parking - the Council did reduce the amount of on site parking when the Centre was redesigned about 8 years ago !

We would like to hear responses from other residents. Do you find problems with queuing traffic around Capella Court with access on this "A" road into Croydon/and or the Centre?

Title: Re: Purley Oaks Recycling Centre
Post by Nick Bygrave on May 20th, 2011 at 7:02am
Yes, it is often a problem with the traffic and getting in and out of the Recycling Depot. It is frequently not made any easier by the Depot closures while the lorries load and unload the containers. One obvious solution to the latter is for the lorries to come in before and after the place is open.
Unless the traffic problem is cured, there will be an accident or a road-rage incident sometime. Also, it is annoying that traffic for the depot coming south down the Brighton Road always takes precedence over traffic coming from the roundabout, regardless of how long the latter has been waiting. Perhaps one answer might be to have the entrance to the depot at the one further south opposite the Fitness Centre.
Nick Bygrave

Title: Re: Purley Oaks Recycling Centre
Post by Phil_Thomas on May 20th, 2011 at 7:56am

Re moving containers around out of opening hours - I have already suggested this to the Council and this is the response from Simon Mander, the Recycling Manager at Croydon:

"As we all know the Purley Oaks site is very popular and this does lead to the containers becoming full quite quickly.  When the containers are full the centre needs to be shut in order for the containers to be exchanged in a safe and controlled manner.  The centre is licensed by the Environment Agency and all vehicle movements related to waste and recycling need to take place during the opening hours.  Therefore it is not possible to move the containers outside of the publicised opening times.  In addition it is not possible to advertise the times in advance of when the centre will be shut as the containers will become full at different times on a weekly basis.

We are actively working with the contractor to see what other options can be put in place to minimise the disruption."

Title: Re: Purley Oaks Recycling Centre
Post by Phil_Thomas on May 22nd, 2011 at 8:23am
Local waste being shipped to Africa say the BBC's Panorama programme

One of the UK's leading waste and recycling companies has been linked to the growing underground trade in e-waste after campaigners uncovered evidence that broken television sets deposited at the firm's facilities were exported to Africa in contravention of regulations designed to stem the flow of electronic waste to developing countries, the Ecologist can reveal.

Merseyside-based Environment Waste Controls (EWC), has admitted that electronic equipment from its amenity sites in South London ended up in West Africa after being exported by a third party company and says it has taken steps to prevent this happening in the future.

Campaigners from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) pinpoint the company in a report outlining Britain's role in the global e-waste trade, due to be published next week. The report details the findings of an 18 month investigation into how UK e-waste, much of it toxic, is ending up abroad where it is frequently processed in primitive conditions, posing a threat to the environment and human health.

A BBC Panorama programme broadcast on Monday 16 May investigated the trade and uncovered further evidence of UK electronics waste making its way to West Africa.

As part of the probe, EIA staff visited civic amenity sites in Merton and Croydon (Factory Lane) where e-waste collection is run by EWC and were told that some of the electrical waste arriving at the facilities was routinely collected by a separate company who exported it to Nigeria and Ghana.

Investigators were told at the Merton amenity site that at least seven tonnes of TVs were being sold to the third party company each week, at a cost of between £1.50 and £2.00 per set.

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) Resources Regulations 2006, as long as the e-waste arriving at the sites was tested and found to be properly working its export would be permissible.

However, the EIA hid tracking devices inside television sets which had been disabled beyond repair and left them at the Merton and Croydon sites. Several weeks later, according to the group, GPS signals indicated that one TV had been shipped to Nigeria, ending up near a well known e-waste recycling centre, and one was found to have arrived in Ghana.

The EIA says this evidence demonstrates that proper checks were not always being carried out and that the broken TV sets should, under WEEE regulations, have been be sent for recycling in the UK or another developed country, not shipped to West Africa. The campaigners believe this is not an isolated example and say that intelligence suggests that British e-waste is regularly diverted from local authority sites into the black market.

'When disposing of used electrical goods at civic amenity sites, the public has a right to expect that the equipment will be disposed of in accordance with the law,' the group states.

EWC, which runs 49 local authority waste sites as well as handling waste and recycling on behalf of the public and private sector, also told the Ecologist that it has not worked with the third party company involved in exporting the faulty TVs to Africa since October 2010.

E-waste can be hazardous to the environment and people - computer processors contain a mixture of chemicals and cathode ray tubes fitted in many older style TVs can contain lead. These substances are released when e-waste is stripped down in destination countries, often on vast unofficial waste dumps where workers lack protective clothing and health and safety regulations are poor or non-existant.

In recent years the UK authorities have stepped up efforts to combat the illegal trade in e-waste following growing concern about the scale of the activity.

The Environment Agency has a National Intelligence Team and an Environmental Crime Unit working to tackle the issue and has recently brought prosecutions against a number of individuals involved in e-waste trafficking. There are concerns however that funding for the Agency's e-waste work will be slashed as

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