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Temporary closure of Fishers Farm HRRC (Croydon) to enable upgrade works

6 November 2017

Fishers Farm Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC) in New Addington, Croydon, will close for a two-week period this winter to allow important drainage improvement works to take place.  The site will be closed from Monday 27 November until Sunday 10 December 2017.  It will re-open at 8am on Monday 11 December 2017.  During the temporary planned closure, Croydon residents will be able to make use of alternative facilities at Purley Oaks HRRC (South Croydon) and Factory Lane HRRC (West Croydon).

£106,000 is being invested in upgrading Fishers Farm HRRC.  Croydon Council is investing £52,000 into the drainage improvements works, which will see new kerbs placed around the perimeter of the site and the installation of a controlled drainage system.  This will ensure the site meets the recently-tightened requirements set by the Environment Agency and continues to operate within the conditions of its environmental permit.

Veolia (which operates the site on behalf of Croydon Council and the South London Waste Partnership) will use the temporary closure as an opportunity to invest a further £54,000 in making general improvements to the layout of the site and increasing the amount of usable space.  Together with an improved traffic system, these changes should shorten queue times and improve the user experience.

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

“It is important that we invest in these improvements to the drainage system at Fishers Farm HRRC.  They will ensure that the site remains fit for the future and continues to serve the local community.

“These are substantial works that could not possibly be carried out while the site remains open to the public.  A temporary closure is the only sensible option available to us; we have chosen a relatively quiet time of year to minimise disruption.  I’m pleased that Veolia will also be using the closure to make general improvements to the site.  Similar work was carried out at Purley Oaks HRRC this time last year, and since then satisfaction amongst site users has improved considerably.  I expect to see similar improvements in satisfaction with Fishers Farm once it reopens following the upgrade.”

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

“These improvements to Fishers Farm HRRC are part of Veolia’s £2.7 million investment programme to upgrade the six HRRC sites we operate on behalf of the South London Waste Partnership across Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton.  Fishers Farm is a popular site in the regional network and so we’re taking this opportunity to improve the site and expand the capacity to ensure we’re able to meet the needs of residents in the area.”

During the temporary closure of Fishers Farm HRRC, Croydon residents will be able to use alternative facilities at Factory Lane (CR0 3RL) and Purley Oaks (CR8 1DG).  For details visit


Notes to Editors

  • The South London Waste Partnership is made up of four London Boroughs (Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton) who are working together to provide improved and more cost-effective waste management services to their residents
  • In October 2015, the South London Waste Partnership awarded a contract to Veolia to manage the six Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs) – more commonly known as ‘the tip’ – located across the Partnership region
  • On behalf of the Partnership, Veolia is responsible for:
    • General management of the six sites – staffing, equipment and site layout improvements
    • The transportation of all materials, and
    • The recycling, treatment, and/or disposal of waste collected at all of the HRRC sites (excluding green and residual waste, which is handled by Viridor)
  • The Partnership monitors the contract with Veolia using three key performance indicators:
    • Site user experience (measured through satisfaction surveys)
    • Health and safety
    • Recycling rate achieved – the target is a 70% recycling rate at each of the six sites
  • Information about your local HRRC, including location, opening times and what materials you can recycle/dispose of there, are available from your local council’s website.

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