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

New campaign uses ‘mesmerising cat’ to promote recycling of electricals

The Recycle Your Electricals Campaign has unleashed HypnoCat, a pink fluffy feline that uses its hypnotic superpowers to persuade people to recycle their electricals rather than binning them.  His pink coat reflects the designated  colour for electrical recycling.

The campaign has been launched in response to the UK’s surge in clearing out during the coronavirus lockdown. It was initially rolled out on paid social media and radio in four locations across the UK: Bristol, Bath and North Somerset; Tyneside and Newcastle; Edinburgh and Falkirk; and Norwich. Continue reading

Cultivate your garden during the lockdown

If you’re interested in doing some gardening or growing during the lockdown, check out this post by our friends at Air Quality Brentford (AQB) on local and online suppliers: https://airqualitybrentford.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/a-little-time-to-makebrentfordgreener/

And check out these graphs posted by AQB on changes in air quality in Brentford during the coronavirus pandemic: https://airqualitybrentford.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/air-quality-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/