Is it cheaper to have a bath or a shower? 

A recent Guardian article addressed a number of common questions about energy saving, such as ‘Is it cheaper to have a bath or a shower?’ and ‘Am I wasting energy by leaving my phone charger plugged in?’

For the answer to these and other questions, check out the full article here.

It’s Great British Spring Clean time again!

Grab your litter picks and pack some bin bags, because it’s time for a bit of a Spring Clean. Hounslow Council is encouraging residents, community groups, schools and businesses to get involved in the Great British Spring Clean!

Keep Britain Tidy’s national event is taking place from Friday, 25 March until Sunday, 10 April. This year’s campaign message is a simple: join the #BigBagChallenge and pledge to pick up as much litter as possible.

Whether it’s an alleyway, or a neglected part of your local park, near your home or work, you can organise a clean up event and get your friends, colleagues, family and neighbours involved too. If you just want to come along to an existing clean-up that has already been organised, then you can join any that are already registered as open events.

Once you have pledged, let Hounslow Council know about your clean-up event by emailing: Cleaner.Greener@hounslow.gov.uk. The Council can provide you with equipment including bags and lending you litter pickers for your event. It can also organise for your bagged waste to be collected after the clean-up.

Tell the world

If you’ve followed the first two steps, you should be all set to go. So, why not let everyone know what you’re doing?

You can promote your event on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – Don’t forget to tag Hounslow Council on Twitter (@LBofHounslow), Facebook (hounslowcouncil), Instagram (hounslowcouncil) and include the #BigBagChallenge and #CleanerGreenerHounslow too, so that you link in with the main campaign online.

After the clean up

Submit your results on Keep Britain Tidy’s website and tell Hounslow Council how many bags of waste you’ve collected! 

Take photos of your clean up, with details of those involved, and we will share your efforts on social media to inspire others to get involved as well. Please send to Cleaner.Greener@hounslow.gov.uk.

Take Part in the Big Repair Project!

The UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub would like your help to better understand the factors affecting household maintenance and repair (carried out yourself or using professional services) of home appliances and electronics across the UK. Your participation will help develop ‘Right to Repair’ policy and support the UK towards meeting important environmental targets.

The first part of the project is a short survey about your opinion and behaviour towards maintenance and repair of home appliances and electronics. See Participant Information for details. The second part is an optional Logbook to share a few details about your maintenance and repair experiences. See Logbook Guidelines for details.

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Design Museum exhibition focuses on how designers are transforming waste into valuable resources

Last chance to see: Special Offer

THE DESIGN MUSEUM – WASTE AGE: WHAT CAN DESIGN DO?

UNTIL 20 FEBRUARY 2022

The Design Museum presents waste as the defining material of our age with Waste Age: What Can Design Do? 

Discover how designers are envisioning a cleaner tomorrow by transforming waste into valuable resources and adopting reclaimed, renewable materials to reimagine everyday objects and their lifecycles – from clothing, chairs and bricks to buildings, algae dresses to edible cups. Visitors are invited to reflect on how design can be crucial to creating the positive changes we urgently need to fight the issue of waste. 

Book now with a 25% discount with the code WasteAgeMemberOffer for Waste Age on adult tickets.

(Offer excludes Saturdays and last week – w/c 14 February.)

The Design Museum is located at 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG. https://designmuseum.org/

Opening times:

10.00 – 18.00 (Sunday – Thursday)
10.00 – 21.00 (Friday – Saturday)

Councillor Lambert comments on Dispatches programme on recycling

Channel 4 recently aired a programme called Dirty Truth About Your Rubbish: Dispatches, which it described as “A look at how millions of tonnes of household recycling end up incinerated, hiking carbon emissions, with councils locked into long and expensive waste contracts.”

Brentford councillor Guy Lambert made these comments about the programme:

“A thought provoking documentary, but experts take the view that it was very slanted.

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Free webinars on packaging extended producer responsibility, deposit return and collection consistency consultations

Major government consultations are expected imminently on UK-wide packaging extended producer responsibility, a deposit return scheme for beverage containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and consistency in household and business recycling collections in England.

Organisations including the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), INCPEN, Environmental Services Association (ESA) and WRAP UK are working in partnership to support a series of free and open-to-all webinars to ensure that stakeholders across the resources, waste and packaging/retail supply chains can gain an early understanding of these important consultations. To register your interest in one or more of these events, please follow the appropriate link:

Could you be an environmental champion?

As part of  its Cleaner Greener Hounslow programme, Hounslow Council is launching a community volunteering opportunity to get residents from all parts of the borough to join in making Hounslow a cleaner and greener place to live. The Council wants to “to empower our communities to make a difference by developing a volunteering network bringing everyone together to tackle environmental priorities”.

The Council suggests some of the following activities to make Hounslow a cleaner, greener borough:

  • Help wildlife flourish – Identify sites for wildflower planting and rethink your own back garden to be wildlife friendly 
  • Plant and care for trees – Adopt a street tree or help plant trees in your neighbourhood
  • Organise community events – a play street, a street party, or a community cleanup (please check the Government’s latest COVID-19 guidelines first)
  • Beautify your street – Get together with your neighbours to ensure your street looks its best

For more information, click on this link.

Recycle Week 2020 is here!

Recycle Week 2020 is being held this week, from 21 to 27 September. The theme is about thanking the nation under the banner ‘Together – We Recycle’.

The organisers, WRAP, want Recycle Week 2020 to recognise the sacrifices that key workers and citizens have made to keep recycling going and create positive change in the world around us. It’s recycling and waste key workers that have heroically carried on collecting while the world slowed down around them.

For more information, please click on this link.

Litter picking with Councillor Lambert

Several BRAG members joined Councillor Guy Lambert on 30 August for the resumption of his monthly litter-picking sessions. Many thanks to Tynissa, Community Champion at Morrisons Brentford, who was among the pickers and supplied water and snacks.

The litter picks will be held on the last Sunday of the month from 2pm to 3pm.

Councillor Lambert and Tynissa of Morrisons Brentford with some of the litter collected

Councillor Lambert supplies litter pickers and bags, plus gloves if needed. He is urging people to nominate hot spots/black spots that could be tackled in future sessions.

Tynissa and BRAG members Ruk and Virginia with the fruits of their labour