Meeting, May 2011

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors Meeting Room, Brentford Dock
@ 7pm on Tuesday 2 May 2011

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Virginia Fassnidge, Catharine Brown, Cindy Gardener, LBH, Daniel Brook, LBH

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens,  Kath Richardson,  Rukmini West, Andrew Dakers
3 Give and Take Day, Brentford Dock: In abeyance for the present, Hugh will continue to monitor.  HP
4 Disposal of used cooking oil: Dan gave us a fascinating and enthusiastic presentation on the new equipment at Space Waye for the conversion of used cooking oil to bio fuel which is currently used to run the vehicles on site. This is very impressive and production should increase in due course. ALL
5 New Homeowners Packs: TO BE DISCUSSED AT NEXT MEETING. (As a reminder, when first discussed, consideration is being 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. 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. These contributions should be brought along.  In the meantime, the Waste and Recycling Team has been discussing the feasibility of producing a folder, similar to ours, to be distributed borough-wide. Cindy has asked if we would like to join their discussions, to which we agreed. So, suggestions for items to be included should be submitted asap, any special notes for flats/red route areas/regular housing/waste prevention etc. etc. will be welcome. ALL
6 Membership: We have probably received all the returned letters and forms we can expect.  Our membership list is now up to date and some fees have been received – several people have put in standing order requests for renewal of subscriptions.
7 Noticeboard: Lyndon let us have copies of the postersregarding Composting Week which Hugh very kindly put in the noticeboard.
8 Transition Town: The next Transition Brentford Steering Meeting will be at the Green Dragon Lane Housing Co-op meeting room on Tuesday 17th May from 7-9pm. On Saturday, 7th May, there will be a Transition Town Brentford Food Growers Stall outside Morrisons on the High Street from 2-4pm. There will be seeds, reused containers and compost for people to take away and get growing. If you would like to help out on the stall, please send an email to: Diggers360@yahoo.co.uk or just come along on the day and lend a hand. ALL
9 Hounslow Recycling Team: Food waste trials are being expanded to more schools in Hounslow. The containers have been delivered to the Council and have now to be distributed to schools.  So far, good results. CG
10 Hounslow Recycling Team: The events planned for Spring which BRAG members may wish to be involved with are:International Composting Awareness Week 2011: Sunday 1 May – Saturday 7 May. Saturday 7th May Composting Event will include a “help yourself to free compost” event – bring a container and shovel and take compost made from the green garden waste collected in West London. This will be at Hounslow Heath.

Food Waste Liner Promotion and Distribution: Wednesday 10th May – opportunities to volunteer to help. Do contact Cindy if you haven’t already done so.

Further container giveaways for Recycle Week 20th June – 24th June. More details to follow.

Paul Richens will advise and demonstratethe use of composters at Brentford Dock early in May.

ALL
11 Disposal of used cooking oil: Dan gave us a fascinating and enthusiastic presentation on the new equipment at Space Waye for the conversion of used cooking oil to bio fuel which is currently used to run the vehicles on site. This is very impressive and production should increase in due course. ALL

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 3rd May 2011

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

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