April 2019 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Attending:   Hugh Picton,  Patti Horsnell, Douglas Benford, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie, Malcolm Crofts,  Rukmini West

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Paul Richens, Andrew Dakers, Catharine  Browne, Kath Richardson, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust, Sheila Churchill, Cllr. Guy Lambert
3 Noticeboard:  The plan to install a noticeboard in the selected site has been agreed and the result may be seen soon. HP
4 Restart Project: These events have proved popular and successful and will continue to be arranged.  The next one in Brentford will be later in the spring. Venue and information will be passed on in due course. Further details on this subject and other restart parties may be found at: https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ VF PH
5 Street Care Team, Litter bins:  Guy responded to our recent discussion (about the possibility of a pilot programme to segregate recyclable cans and PET bottles from street bins and maybe street cleaning.  If it were cost neutral, perhaps, at least there would be a reduction in plastic going out to sea, CO2 and pollution.) reminding us that currently LBH don’t attempt to recycle from street bins at all because they have always been too contaminated. They’re trying to change that in conjunction with West London Waste but it may take a while. All the street bin stuff is currently incinerated for energy: not ideal but at least nothing ends up in landfill or the sea. However, we still agree that BRAG should make every effort to find a way to recover as much metal from littered cans and reduce the amount of plastic (increasingly more bottles) which litter our streets and cause so much damage to the environment. MC PH
6 General recycling: TerraCycle, an excellent initiative, collect and recycle many forms of recyclable  waste.   Please look at the very comprehensive, inspiring website:  https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/ ALL
7 Ealing Repair Café: Ealing Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Support Group are a local group run through Facebook to support Ealing residents in living more sustainable lifestyles. They have already held a Make Do and Mend/Repair Cafe for clothing and textiles, and would like to expand to a full, regular repair cafe for all kinds of household items. Their next clothes repair and making events is on Monday 29 April, 7.30 pm at Northfields Community Centre, Northcroft Road, West Ealing. ALL
8 Green Goblet: This is a UK environmentally friendly company that is committed to see disposable cups being replaced with reusable goblets. http://www.green-goblet.com ALL
9 Brentford Together: London Sustainability Exchange, Friends of Cathja and Salopian Garden – Cultivate London have won a collaborative Big Lottery grant, starting in April and running for three years. Planned activities include Dr Bike sessions in Brentford Market 10-1 on the first Sunday of the month and sewing sessions on Cathja’s Barge. Please support. ALL
10 Festival of Waste: Last year Rin (Cathja) organised this event in Brentford and would like to do it again, getting together with other local groups trying to make this world a little less carbon toxic and more environmentally aware and inclusive and improving the environment in various ways, by increasing walking or cycling, litter picking, planting, awareness raising, outdoor skills etc. getting the community together to improve the area. This will be held in Public (Market) Square from 11:00 – 16:00 on Saturday 17th or Saturday 24th August (n.b. Bank Holiday weekend). BRAG have agreed to take part and will share a stall, as last year, with Friends of the Earth. Any other groups interested in taking part should contact Rin direct for further information:  Rin Roche, M: 07904 406507 E: rinny_r02@yahoo.co.uk
11 Great British Spring Clean: this initiative runs from 22nd  March to 23rd April and aims to inspire people to join forces to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible. Please check the LBH website for full details of what is happening near you: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/news/article/722/the_great_british_spring_clean_in_hounslow_-_join_us_for_the_country_s_biggest_ever_clean-up
12 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held every month in the Brentford Dock club room to raise funds for Marie Curie. The next one will be on Monday 15th April from 10:30 to 12:30. The Brentford Dock Residents Association have also started producing brunches on the first Wednesday in the month from 11:00 am. Next one will be Wednesday 1st May, all are welcome! ALL
13 Soup Lunches: These are held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of every month  1:00 to 2:30, next one Thursday 25th April. Tasty, healthy, homemade soup, bread and cake! ALL

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, 7th May 2019
7pm at the Toll House, Brentford Lock.

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