Next Hounslow Repair Cafe to take place on 6 July

The next Hounslow Repair Cafe will be held on Wednesday, 6 July, at the Arts Centre in Hounslow, from 6pm to 9pm.

Sponsored by TRAID and West London Waste Authority, it is a free community event where participants will learn how to mend damaged clothes with TRAID and electrical items with the Restart Project. West London Waste Authority will also be hosting an interactive laptop repair demonstration with the Fixing Factory.

For the mending workshop, participants are asked to bring along one or two items of clothing that are in need of repair and they will be taught how to mend them.

All workshops are suitable for people with no previous skills and the organisers provide all materials needed.

The Arts Centre is located on the first floor, Treaty Centre, High St, Hounslow TW3 1ES.

More information available at https://facebook.com/events/s/hounslow-repair-cafe/1107346733188478/

Recycle your pens at Ryman’s

At last there’s a place you can take your old pens for recycling — to that staple of the high street, Ryman Stationers. Here’s the pen recycling bin at their shop on Chiswick High Road, London W4. So, thanks to Ryman, yet more plastic will be kept out of landfill.

In other good recycling news, Superdrug has bins for empty blister packs.

Design Museum exhibition focuses on how designers are transforming waste into valuable resources

Last chance to see: Special Offer

THE DESIGN MUSEUM – WASTE AGE: WHAT CAN DESIGN DO?

UNTIL 20 FEBRUARY 2022

The Design Museum presents waste as the defining material of our age with Waste Age: What Can Design Do? 

Discover how designers are envisioning a cleaner tomorrow by transforming waste into valuable resources and adopting reclaimed, renewable materials to reimagine everyday objects and their lifecycles – from clothing, chairs and bricks to buildings, algae dresses to edible cups. Visitors are invited to reflect on how design can be crucial to creating the positive changes we urgently need to fight the issue of waste. 

Book now with a 25% discount with the code WasteAgeMemberOffer for Waste Age on adult tickets.

(Offer excludes Saturdays and last week – w/c 14 February.)

The Design Museum is located at 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG. https://designmuseum.org/

Opening times:

10.00 – 18.00 (Sunday – Thursday)
10.00 – 21.00 (Friday – Saturday)

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