Statement from North London Waste Authority in response to recent media coverage of Regis Road Reuse and Recycling Centre.
The re-use corner at Regis Road recycling centre was changed for a number of reasons. The key issue of concern was the threatening behaviour of those who would harass other users of the facility for items they were dropping off. In addition, people loitering in the area waiting for items to be deposited caused site congestion, and some people were taking items and selling them for financial gain when the service had been provided on the basis that it was free to both ‘givers’ and ‘takers’. Police support was therefore sought and obtained for the protection of the public, which led to the closure of the re-use corner in its previous form.
We would like to reassure residents that items can still be taken to the site for re-use. Reusable items are now put aside by staff and stored securely for collection and re-use by Restore Community Projects, a local registered re-use charity here in north London. So if you visit the site with an item that is suitable for re-use, please ask a member of staff for assistance.