Making Veolia perform

Your local councillors have been working with Veolia and attending site visits on your behalf to get the new bin contract on track.

We are sorry that this has not gone as planned, and are determined that residents should receive the service from Veolia that we signed up to.

The reason for the new contract is partly cost and partly about increasing the recycling rate. The Government has cut the Council’s budget by half over the past 10 years, which means we have to look for every opportunity to protect the budgets for social care and looked after children.

Where we have been notified of issues we have been pursuing them relentlessly – from missed bin collections to meeting residents with contractors to identify and resolve their problems.

There are still some remaining problems which we are working on, but if you have any unresolved issues, please get in touch sunita.gordon@sutton.gov.uk

Monday 10 April – Statement on Sutton bin collection service

Sutton Council, as a member of the South London Waste Partnership working with Veolia UK, is introducing a new recycling and rubbish collection service to almost 90,000 homes in the borough. The service started Monday 3 April and for the first time offers food waste and battery and textile recycling to most households, as well as alternate weekly recycling collections and an industry-standard fortnightly rubbish collection.

In anticipation of extra demand for recycling containers we arranged for extra containers to be made available at B&Q Sutton on Saturday 8 April. Unfortunately the demand for these containers was higher than expected. We understand the frustration this must have caused. We thank everyone who waited patiently and apologise for the long queues. We also thank B&Q for their understanding.

Councillor Manuel Abellan, Vice Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council said:

“We apologise unreservedly for the issues affecting the introduction of our new rubbish and recycling service. The standard of service has not been up to the quality that residents have rightly come to expect. Residents should have confidence their bin collections are taken on the correct date, and they are given the containers they need to recycle. We’ve organised extra crews and collections with Veolia to get the borough ready for this week’s collections.

“On Saturday Veolia had thousands of green boxes and a plan in place to restock as needed. The huge demand caught them off guard. It is unacceptable that people had to queue for so long. I thank residents for bearing with us while the new arrangements bed in. I encourage residents to visit www.sutton.gov.uk/recycling to access online forms to report missed deliveries, collections and to order extra recycling boxes.”

Scott Edgell, General Manager, Veolia South London said:

“We are continuing to roll out the new rubbish and recycling collection service and are working hard to complete the transition process quickly. We are working with Sutton Council and residents to resolve any issues as smoothly as possible.”

“On Saturday we arranged for residents to pick up free green recycling boxes as part of the service change. The event was very well attended with over 1150 keen recyclers taking part. We distributed 3,450 green recycling boxes to residents providing them with significant additional recycling capacity and everyone left with at least one box.

We thank people for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience the introduction of these new services has caused.”

Recycling – sorting fact from fiction

The council is also seeking to dispel some recycling myths by encouraging borough residents through social media to ask the experts their questions about recycling.

Before launching the campaign, more than 300 Sutton residents were interviewed to assist in understanding borough recycling behaviours.

Sutton Council is working with borough primary schools to run a series of recycling workshops that will be led and delivered by young people.

Sutton residents have been involved in the project, putting forward ideas and visiting the material recycling facility in Crayford, Kent to see first-hand how the recycling process works.

Graham Catt, a Beddington resident who went to the material recycling facility, said:

“We all need to be careful what we put into the green bin. It surprised me just how much unwanted material, such as plastic bags, had to be removed by hand, at great time and expense.”

Myth: All my recycling ends up getting thrown away with the rubbish anyway.
Not true. We know the lorries that collect your recycling and rubbish look the same but your recycling is collected in a separate lorry than the rubbish. Your recycling is taken to a Waste Transfer Site in Beddington before being placed onto large freighter trucks and delivered to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). At the MRF recycling is sorted by machines and people by material type (i.e. paper, aluminium) and then bailed. Then it is sent to reprocessors to be recycled into new products.

Myth: There is no point recycling, it doesn’t make a difference.
Recycling stops tonnes of rubbish being buried in landfill. In the UK, recycling saves about 10-15m tonnes of carbon emissions a year – the equivalent of taking 3.5m cars off the road. Recycling costs less than sending waste to landfill so it helps to reduce the costs of waste management in Sutton.

Myth: You can only recycle paper a few times.
Fibres in paper start to break down after they have been recycled five or six times, but the material can still be used to make egg cartons, packaging, loft insulation, paints and even new road surfaces.

Myth: Recycling metal uses more energy than extracting the raw material in the first place.
Recycling aluminium cans saves up to 95 per cent of the energy needed to make new cans from fresh raw material. The energy saved in not having to make just one aluminium can from scratch is enough to power a TV for three hours. Every tonne of new aluminium made creates four tonnes of waste, whereas a tonne of recycled aluminium creates no waste.

Myth: Recycled glass is worse quality than other glass.
Glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss of quality.

Recycling Top Tips

Remember to wash, squash and take the lids off your plastic bottles before you recycle them.
Keep a container for recycling right next to the bin at home, so recycling becomes an easy option.
Buy goods made from recycled materials – this is great for the environment and for encouraging people to recycle more.

BEDDINGTON AND WALLINGTON LOCAL COMMITTEE MEETING

Next BEDDINGTON AND WALLINGTON LOCAL COMMITTEE will take place on TUESDAY, 17TH APRIL, 2012, starting 7.00 pm at the Bandon Hill Primary School, Wallington.

I would like to encourage the residents of Wallington & Beddington to attend the meeting and let us hear your views.

AGENDA

1. APOLOGIES

2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING (Pages 1 – 8)

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2012 to be agreed

3. QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

15 minutes are allocated for questions from the public relating to items not on the agenda. Please pass these to the Community Development Officer at least

10 minutes before the start of the meeting.

4. PUBLIC REALM PROJECTS (Pages 9 – 14)

  • • Round table discussions with Julie Young, Locality Officer
  • • Beddington Park Cycle Lane briefing note from Lynn Robinson,

Engineering Technician

5. SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM

Update from Inspector Colin Baker

6. WESTCROFT LEISURE CENTRE AND LIBRARY (Pages 15 – 18)

Report from Colin Beech, Executive Head of Leisure and Libraries

7. CHANGES TO WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES

Oral presentation from Matt Clubb, Head of Waste Management and Fleet

Services

8. BUDGET ENGAGEMENT

Round tables discussion with Paul Brannon, Marketing Officer

9. PRIMARY SCHOOL EXPANSION

Round tables discussion with Nigel Simms, Building Schools for the Future

Director

10. LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FUNDING 2012/13 (FUNDING FOR

TRANSPORT SCHEMES) (Pages 19 – 30)

Report from Paul Blunt, Transport Planning and Programme Manager

11. POLLUTION STATISTICS – WALLINGTON HIGH STREET (Pages 31 – 32)

4 Request from community representative for statistics before and after the

Wallington High Street Improvements

12. COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES ISSUES

Community Representatives are invited to raise issues for future agendas or discussion at the meeting if the Chair deems the matter urgent. Please inform the Community Development Officer if you wish to raise an item

13. ITEMS FOR NOTING – UPDATE ON BUTTERHILL

Update from Faran Forghani, Traffic and Highways Works Manager:

A consultation document is being prepared to consult residents on the various options available, and seek their opinions and views in conjunction with our consultation with Transport for London and the application for funding in 2013-

14. The consultation which will be in the form of questionnaire will cover a wider area to include the residents from the neighbouring roads as well.

This will enable us to map out the results when formally informing and consulting the committee for a decision.

14. ANY URGENT BUSINESS

15. DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

Future meetings will be held at Bandon Hill Primary School at 7pm on the following dates:

5 July 2012,

18 October 2012,

6 December 2012,

14 February 2012,18 April 2013

Contac: sunita.gordon@sutton.gov.uk

ENERGY RECOVERY FACILITY PROPOSED IN BEDDINGTON

The South London Waste Partnership, of which Sutton Council is part, has announced Viridor as the preferred bidder for its 25-year residual waste treatment contract. This follows a thorough procurement process to ensure the South London Waste Partnership (comprising the London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton) meets its statutory landfill diversion targets and avoids hefty landfill levies and fines.

At present over 200,000 tonnes of waste from households in Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton goes to landfill. Viridor’s proposal is to develop a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at its existing landfill and recycling site in Beddington. In order to develop a planning application for the proposed facility, Viridor will undertake a thorough consultation with stakeholders and the local community during early 2012.

People who wish to register an interest in being kept informed throughout the process can email beddington@viridor.co.uk

New outdoor gym in Beddington Park

The open-air fitness centre in Beddington Park will give residents the chance to work out in the open air. The range of equipment is suitable for everyone, from children and pensioners to fitness fanatics.

 The gym was installed following requests from local friends of the parks groups and funded by the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee’s public realm funds. The Friends of Beddington Park were among the first to try out the new equipment, which includes an air skier, hip twister, push up machine and an upright rowing machine.

Your ward councillors Sunita, Stan & Bruce are delighted that Sutton Council has installed its first outdoor gym in Beddington Park. It makes sense to use the space we have in Beddington Park to increase fitness at the same time as having fun.

The gym is located next to the playground at Beddington Park.