Brenley Park residents’ recycling efforts pay off

Brenley Park Residents’ Association is seeing the benefits of their recycling success with the installation of their much-wanted CCTV. 

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge alongside Brenley Park Residents' Association's Chair, Gitte Joergensen and local residents having their CCTV cameras installed.

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge alongside Brenley Park Residents’ Association’s Chair, Gitte Joergensen and local residents having their CCTV cameras installed.

The residents competed in the council’s Mega Recycle competition and has had the most people sign up to the Mega Recycle pledge. Their efforts resulted in a £10,000 community prize which they spent on installing CCTV in roads across the Brenley Park estate, making the place more secure.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “It’s so great to see residents directly benefitting from their efforts to recycle more and getting what they have been asking for – CCTV for their estate. We always need to increase our recycling. It’s good for the environment and our pockets too. The more we recycle as a borough, the less we have to spend out in EU landfill taxes, which means we keep more money to use on services for Merton residents.”

Brenley Park Residents’ Association’s Chair, Gitte Joergensen said: “We are delighted to have won the top prize in Merton Council’s Mega Recycle.  Residents have been wanting CCTV around where we live and now our prize win has turned this into a reality.  We will make sure we continue the good recycling habit as recycling is so important in today’s world. We encourage all to do their bit and take care of our environment. Together we can all make a difference for the better and the council is making it as easy as possible to recycle, so there is no excuse.”

-ENDS- 

Notes to editors

  1. Every year the council spends £3.7 million on landfill tax.
  2. For every tonne of waste that goes to landfill, the council has to pay out £82.50 in tax.
  3. 47,000 tonnes of rubbish goes into landfill every year.