Meeting, March 2011

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors Meeting Room, Brentford Dock
@ 7pm on Tuesday 1 March 2011


Attending: Patti Horsnell, Douglas Benford, Hugh Picton, Virginia Fassnidge, Catharine Brown, Sophie Rouhaud, Alex Rigge, LBH





Minutes of last meeting agreed.


Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens,  Kath Richardson, Cindy Gardener, LBH, Rukmini West


Give and Take Day, Brentford Dock: In abeyance for the present, Hugh will continue to monitor.  HP


LBH Catering and Caterers Food Waste: Reply to David Adams re Sustainable restaurants and reducing waste and recycling more discussed and agreed. ALL


Disposal of used cooking oil: Successful installation of oil recycling equipment to make fuel oil at Space Waye – Dan Brook to be invited to tell us all about it at the May meeting. ALL


New Homeowners Packs: Serious consideration will now be given to the updating of the website to include information for new residents and also the possibility of a hard copy to be printed for circulation.During the discussion which followed we agreed that we would all look for ideas from other areas and each person selected a local authority to search their website and look for other voluntary waste action groups with similar interests. THIS TO BE DISCUSSED AT NEXT MEETING ALL


Membership:  Draft letter and forms finalised and approved. Alex has updated the membership list and letters will be sent as soon as possible.  Many thanks again to Alex for his excellent work. AR


Brentford Community Council’s survey as part of the Brentford Sustainable Committee: Hope to hear results in the not too distant future.


Noticeboard: Virginia, Patti and Hugh to get together to finalise the Thames Water publicity material and display in the noticeboard asap. HP VF PH


Cycling: Hounslow Cycling Campaign: Regular meetings continue at the Express Tavern, Kew Bridge on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.


Transition Town: Film “In Transition” well attended on 8th February.  Next meeting will be on 15th March ALL


Friends of the Earth, Ealing: On 16 February, Sarah Dickinson of West London Waste spoke about waste prevention in West London at the Ealing Branch of FoE. There was a very good, interested audience and Virginia has a copy of the presentation.  Please contact her if you would like to see it.


Friends of the Earth, National: Week commencing Monday 14th March FOE will be promoting the halving of household waste by 2020. Volunteers are required to attend a photo shoot with local press; one of the volunteers should be prepared to wear a “David Cameron mask”. Further information will be available  nearer the time but please contact Virginia if you are interested. VF


Hounslow Recycling Team: Food waste trials are being held in 5 schools in Hounslow. It is a raving success! Terrific tonnage reported.


Hounslow Recycling Team: The events planned for Spring which BRAG members may wish to be involved with are:Food Waste Promotion Roadshow – Wednesday 30th March 3pm – 5pm, Morrisons, Brentford – (To be confirmed with supermarket)

International Composting Awareness Week 2011: Sunday 1 May – Saturday 7 May Saturday 7th May Composting Event – could be a ‘twilight’ event in the evening during the week.  

Food Waste Liner Promotion and Distribution: 9 – 13th May – Opportunities to volunteer to help.

More detail will be given when available.

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 5th April 2011

to start at 7pm in the Directors’ Meeting Room, Brentford Dock

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