It’s Great British Spring Clean time again!

Grab your litter picks and pack some bin bags, because it’s time for a bit of a Spring Clean. Hounslow Council is encouraging residents, community groups, schools and businesses to get involved in the Great British Spring Clean!

Keep Britain Tidy’s national event is taking place from Friday, 25 March until Sunday, 10 April. This year’s campaign message is a simple: join the #BigBagChallenge and pledge to pick up as much litter as possible.

Whether it’s an alleyway, or a neglected part of your local park, near your home or work, you can organise a clean up event and get your friends, colleagues, family and neighbours involved too. If you just want to come along to an existing clean-up that has already been organised, then you can join any that are already registered as open events.

Once you have pledged, let Hounslow Council know about your clean-up event by emailing: Cleaner.Greener@hounslow.gov.uk. The Council can provide you with equipment including bags and lending you litter pickers for your event. It can also organise for your bagged waste to be collected after the clean-up.

Tell the world

If you’ve followed the first two steps, you should be all set to go. So, why not let everyone know what you’re doing?

You can promote your event on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – Don’t forget to tag Hounslow Council on Twitter (@LBofHounslow), Facebook (hounslowcouncil), Instagram (hounslowcouncil) and include the #BigBagChallenge and #CleanerGreenerHounslow too, so that you link in with the main campaign online.

After the clean up

Submit your results on Keep Britain Tidy’s website and tell Hounslow Council how many bags of waste you’ve collected! 

Take photos of your clean up, with details of those involved, and we will share your efforts on social media to inspire others to get involved as well. Please send to Cleaner.Greener@hounslow.gov.uk.

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

Know Your Plastic aims to raise awareness of which types of plastic can be recycled

Recycle for London (RfL), as part of its London Recycles campaign, has launched Know Your Plastic, an initiative to help people understand which plastic items can be recycled at home. It features short, quirky videos on social media supported by detailed information on a dedicated web page.

The campaign is being shared by Hounslow Council, which wants to help residents understand what can and cannot be accepted for recycling. Continue reading

Petition for the creation of a UK-wide waste and recycling system

A petition has been launched calling on the UK government to create a UK-wide waste and recycling system.

If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the government will respond to it; if it reaches 100,000, it will be considered for debate in Parliament. The deadline for signing the petition is 24 January 2019.
For more information, and to sign the petition, click here.

 

Petition calls for 5p charge on disposable coffee cups

A recently launched petition is calling on environment secretary Michael Gove and business secretary Greg Clark to impose a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups. It also encourages people to bring in a reusable cup to coffee shops for their daily caffeine routine.

As of 3 November, nearly 64,000 had signed the petition; the goal is to reach 75,000 signatures. To sign, click on this link.

 

UK government launches public consultation on bottle deposit scheme

Environment Minister Michael Gove has just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle deposit scheme in England. The news follows the delivery of a bottle deposit petition, an initiative of Surfers Against Sewage, to 10 Downing Street. The petition attracted 250,000 signatures, calling on the minister to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. Continue reading

Environment secretary supports deposit-return system for bottles

Last week Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, came out strongly in support of the campaign to introduce a deposit-return system for the UK.

Mr Gove told Sky News: “There’s a real challenge for people like me in Government to step up to the plate and reduce the amount of plastic going into our oceans.” He added that “change needs to come“, as pollution from plastics is “killing whales, choking dolphins and degrading our oceans and seas“. Continue reading

Hubbub launches campaign to tackle litter in UK waterways

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched the first of a series of campaigns to help reduce the amount of litter going into the UK’s waterways.

According to Hubbub, 300 tonnes of rubbish is cleared from the Thames each year.  Typical city rubbish – small pieces of litter such as travel tickets, food wrappers, disposable crockery and cigarette butts – are a particular problem. Continue reading

Celebrate Real Nappies for London’s 10th anniversary on 10 June

On Saturday, 10 June, London Community Resource Network (LCRN) will be celebrating Real Nappies for London’s (RNfL) 10-year anniversary.  In partnership with Local Authorities and real nappy suppliers, RNfL is a pan-London scheme with the aim to help support London parents switching to reusable nappies as an alternative to disposable nappies. Since the start of the scheme, RNfL has helped just over 11,000 parents make the switch to washable cloth nappies.

Join the celebration of tea and cake at 2pm on Saturday, 10 June, at

The Skip Garden
Kings Cross
London N1C 4AQ
RSVP at info@realnappiesforlondon.org.uk or via Eventbrite

Coca-Cola endorses deposit return systems for the UK

Coca-Cola has come out in support of deposit return systems for drinks bottles in the UK, in a U-turn on its previous position.

What’s more, earlier this week the CEO of Suez, one of the UK’s largest waste collection and recycling companies, also added his support, going on record to say how deposit return systems can benefit communities, the economy and the environment.

Surfers against Sewage welcomed the news, and asked people to spread the word by forwarding the link to its petition Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.