Pan-London textile bank procurement begins

Seven London councils have kick-started the procurement process for a pan-London framework for the collection of textiles from bring banks across the capital.

The procurement is being led by the London borough of Lewisham, which along with the other six councils, is looking to increase the collection of textiles for reuse and recycling across London. The other councils are: Hounslow, Ealing, Harrow, Barnet, Sutton and Camden.

The contract is for the collection of textiles from bring banks

A notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for a contract for a ‘single provider framework agreement’, which will last a total of four years. The successful bidder for the contract will be charged with maintaining and emptying textile bring bank sites. The contract is expected to begin in April 2013. Continue reading

Free Compost Awareness Day

Celebrate Compost Awareness Week and give your garden a green boost by picking up some FREE compost at the London Borough of Hounslow’s compost giveaway day on Saturday 12 May 2012.

Come along and pick up your FREE compost at Hounslow Heath Nature Reserve car park in Frampton Road, Hounslow, TW4 5RB from 10am-2pm.

Please bring a shovel and some containers, bags, boxes or whatever you can find to carry your compost home in.

There will be a maximum of 4 bags per visit or at Hounslow’s discretion.

Compost helps to improve soil structure and has everything plants need to help them grow. It is also good for the environment.

On the day you will also be able to:
• Find out more about home composting
• Make biodegradable newspaper plantpots for your seedlings
• Bring the children along and meet Composting Claire
• See a display wormery in action and find out more about vermicomposting.

For further information about the day please email:

Twice a Green Champion, forever green: Meet Rukmini West




Rukmini West, BRAG’s 2011 Green Champion (see photo), should be used to awards by now. But with characteristic modesty, she says that the accolade came as a surprise, and that it has inspired her to carry on with her environmental work.

The award stemmed from Ruk’s noticing that Hounslow Council, although promoting reducing waste in its cafeteria, was using polystyrene food containers. Ruk started a campaign that led to the introduction of reusable lunch boxes.

Just three years earlier, in 2008, Ruk had been named Hounslow’s Green Champion. The award is part of the Council’s Green Guardian scheme and recognises the efforts of people who have helped raise environmental awareness and supported green initiatives in the community.

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Dining at the Civic Centre

Rubbish Collection at Hounslow Civic CentreThese photos were taken in the dining room at Hounslow Civic Centre (home to Hounslow Council). On the tables were leaflets regarding “reducing your carbon footprint – time is running out”.

Alongside this food was being served into polystyrene containers which cannot be recycled.


Therefore BRAG decided that something needed to change. BRAG took it on board and now there are reusable lunch boxes for sale at the food counter.

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