February 2017 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 7th February 2017

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Rukmini West, Virginia Fassnidge, Douglas Benford, Catharine Browne, Wendy Mackenzie, Ian Dudding, Resource & Recycling Manager, LBH

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens, Andrew Dakers, Kath Richardson, Chelsea Edwards, Philippa Hurman, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust, Cllr. Steve Curran
3 Noticeboard and questions for LBH: Cllr. Steve Curran was unable to attend this meeting   due to other Council commitments, but he did join us for Green Drinks briefly, and assured Patti that the noticeboard situation would be resolved. PH HP
4 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held successfully every month in the Brentford Dock club room to raise funds. The next one will be on Monday 20th February from 10:30 to 12:30.   It’s a very good cause to support and they do make very good cake! ALL
5 Soup Lunches: Also held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of the month from 1:00 to 2:30, next one 23rd February. Very good value, homemade soup and bread – and cakes! – all for £3! ALL
6 Recycling in Flats: We are continuing to pursue this. So far as we know, there are still no recycling facilities at Brook Court and Braemar Court in Brook Road South and Downside Walk. It appears that LBH are unable to initiate the provision of these facilities after the planning process so Ian asked if we could ascertain the details of the managing agents. So Joanna (de Courcy) could you very kindly check to see that there still aren’t any recycling bins and if there is any way you can let us know who the managing agents are, or a contact number.  Just send Patti an email.  Thank you! JdeC  PH
7 Future project: It was proposed that, since the junior school pupils who contributed to Young Green Voices have now probably started at University, we would like to encourage more young people in the benefits of recycling etc.   Please consider any other ideas and recommendations which we can discuss at a future meeting.

In the meantime, Ian mentioned something for which LBH’s Recycling & Waste Team has secured external funding: to participate in a number of pan-London/European schemes to quantify the current amount of food waste being generated in the Borough – and then to devise communications and engagement campaigns aiming to encourage households to reduce such waste, or otherwise ensure that we maximise the amount of food waste that is collected for reprocessing.  At a recent project inception meeting it was suggested that relevant community groups could be approached to help deliver elements of the project, and Ian proposed that, when the time comes, he proposes BRAG as one such group.  (The timescales for any possible involvement are yet to be determined, but the project is to run, in three phases, with three different London Boroughs in each phase, until early 2019.) This is certainly something in which we could become involved.  We will discuss further when more is known of the plans.

8 Newsletter: It was mentioned that as we have not produced a Newsletter for some time (2014) we should think about another edition. We should consider whether a hard copy delivered to households is still appropriate – it is certainly very costly.  Perhaps an online edition? To whom should it be circulated?

There are many possible topics for inclusion: food waste/supermarkets, Cultivate London, pollution – other ideas?

We should discuss in detail, cost, distribution, editorship – and anything else. Catharine did an excellent job last time with limited resources and difficulties with the computer aspects of production. If we do decide on a hard copy, we must try to find a suitable publishing program, which Chelsea has offered to help with.

9 Restart Project: This came up in conversation re. a recent item in the media about Sweden promoting repair instead of replacementThis is something BRAG have been advocating for a very long time so maybe it is time to resurrect and re-promote – suggestions and nominations could be another project?  Virginia continues to pursue.  It was suggested that we could combine with Cathja on the High Street and try to recruit some helpers/repairers and also possibly make use of their meeting space.  Virginia will continue to investigate sources of expertise and has now had replies from the Restart Project and from West London Waste, both very helpful. Restart may be able to assist with skilled volunteers, and WLWA is actually thinking of working with local groups to run a network of Restart parties, so we could be able to go ahead with this. To find out more, look at https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ ALL

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 7th March 2017 to start at 7pm in the Toll House, Brentford Lock

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