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Purley Oaks Recycling Centre re-opens for business

December 19, 2016

Purley Oaks Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC) re-opened as planned this morning (19 December) following a two-week closure to enable upgrade works to be carried out.

The site will look almost unrecognisable to frequent users, with a completely new layout and improved signage.  

Purley Oaks HRRC before the upgrade

Before – Purley Oaks HRRC before the upgrade

The new layout will enable the site to remain open to the public while recycling containers are emptied; the need for frequent 20-minute closures, and resulting long queues, that local residents had unfortunately got used to will be significantly reduced.     

Councillor Stuart Collins, Member of the South London Waste Partnership Joint Committee and Deputy Leader – Clean Green Croydon, said:

“First of all, I would like to thank all the people who use Purley Oaks HRRC for their patience and understanding over the last two weeks while the site has been closed.  We know from the results of a major site-user survey that there was a lot of support for the works to be carried out, but I appreciate that the temporary closure must have been an inconvenience for many.  

Following the upgrade

After – Purley Oaks HRRC following the upgrade

“I hope, when they visit the new-look site, residents will feel the short-term inconvenience was worth it.  The aim of the re-design is to significantly shorten the queue times, which have been longer than acceptable.  We will monitor the queue times carefully in the coming months to see if it has had the desired effect.

“Finally I would like to thank our contractors, Veolia, for completing the upgrade works on time and on budget.”

Christine Stacey, Contract Manager for Veolia in South London, added:

“Our team is very much looking forward to welcoming Croydon residents to the new site and helping them to dispose of their waste correctly. We hope that this improved layout will make it easier and more convenient for people to recycle household materials such as old electrical items, books, cooking oil or wood, that cannot go into standard collections.”


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