It has been claimed that learning a range of foreign languages was one of the reasons why Croydon Council has been named as ‘local authority team of the year’, according to croydon.gov.uk.
Members at the council became fluent in a number of languages to help spread the recycling message to those in the area who didn’t speak very good English. This must have impressed the judges at the National Cycling Awards who bestowed the honour among the team.
Statistics also proved how well the council have been performing, with figures showing that 70 per cent of the people that the council team spoke to now regularly place recycling in their designated bins. This has boosted the recycling rate in the area, which now stands at just under 45 per cent, which is beneficial to the area, considering landfill costs are rising each year.
Councillor and cabinet member for highways and environmental services, Phil Thomas said that the award was a brilliant achievement to the area.
Robin Latchem, Editor of Materials Recycling Week, who organised the awards also told croydonguardian.co.uk: “The judges were impressed with Croydon’s work, particularly the way in which they have shown how, by taking the time to speak to residents, it’s possible to significantly improve recycling rates.”