Is it cheaper to have a bath or a shower? 

A recent Guardian article addressed a number of common questions about energy saving, such as ‘Is it cheaper to have a bath or a shower?’ and ‘Am I wasting energy by leaving my phone charger plugged in?’

For the answer to these and other questions, check out the full article here.

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.

Cultivate your garden during the lockdown

If you’re interested in doing some gardening or growing during the lockdown, check out this post by our friends at Air Quality Brentford (AQB) on local and online suppliers: https://airqualitybrentford.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/a-little-time-to-makebrentfordgreener/

And check out these graphs posted by AQB on changes in air quality in Brentford during the coronavirus pandemic: https://airqualitybrentford.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/air-quality-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Greener Borough – Addressing the Climate Emergency workshop on 8 October

Hounslow Council wants to create a borough where residents feel proud to live and work and which is clean, green and sustainable.  In June 2019 the borough council declared a climate emergency.  This committed the council to develop a climate emergency action plan by December 2019, setting out how the council will work towards becoming carbon neutral, and ultimately zero carbon, as soon as possible. Continue reading

Litter pick with Councillor Lambert on 21 July

Want to help keep Brentford clean and hang out with your councillor at the same time? Then join Councillor Guy Lambert for a volunteer litter pick at 10am on Sunday, 21 July.

The event will start at St Pauls’ Recreation Ground — entrance by St. Paul’s CoE Primary School, at the bendy bit of St Paul’s/Lateward Roads.  It will cover the park and surrounding footpaths, then Albany Rd to Ealing Rd.

Litter pickers and green Hounslow Highways bags will be provided.

Directions

Rail: Brentford.
Bus: E2, 267, 237, 235

Have you say on street cleaning in Hounslow this Thursday

At a time of unprecedented increases in fly tipping and litter, Hounslow Council is finding it challenging to meet its commitment to making the borough cleaner and greener.

It has therefore organised a workshop on street cleaning this coming Thursday, 25 October (full details below), to seek views and input on people’s experiences and expectations both with council services and through its partner, Hounslow Highways, with the aim of improving the look and feel of the borough. Continue reading