Food Recycling for Flats

Up to 3,500 residents living in flats will be able to recycle food waste for the first time this spring.

The new service from Hounslow Council – funded with more than £133,000 from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) – will provide ‘caddies’ to enable residents to recycle food.

Cllr Colin Ellar, deputy leader of the Council and cabinet member for environment, said: “These new caddies will enable people living in flats to recycle food and be on a par with other residents.

“It also helps push Hounslow’s recycling rate up which is good news for the environment and council tax payers as less money is spent on land fill tax.”

The new service is scheduled to start after April. Officers from the Council’s waste and recycling team will be in contact with managing agents and residents’ associations to provide further information.

New bins a wheelie big success

Wheelie bins have proved hugely popular according to new figures released by Hounslow Council today and have also led to an increase in the recycling rate and less litter on streets.

A survey in the wheeled bin pilot area – which covers 7,300 households in Hounslow West, Heston West, Feltham West, Syon and Chiswick Riverside – saw an increase in the recycling rate from 37 per cent to 41 per cent. Continue reading

BRAG Comments on Brentford High Street Plans

Redevelopment of Brentford High Street – Ref:  P/2012/2735 00607/BA/P2

As you may know, BRAG (Brentford Recycling Action Group) is a voluntary, non-political community waste action group made up of Brentford residents. Our main aim is to raise awareness of waste and environmental issues, promoting activities and facilities to improve the local environment for the benefit of local people.

With this in mind, we have looked at the proposals for the south side of Brentford High Street which have been presented by developers Ballymore.  There is much to be commended (for example a CHP system that could be connected to Brentford Dock/a town wide district heating system).  However improvement is needed in the following areas:

  • Carbon neutrality – Locally we are very proud that Lord Stern of Brentford published the Report on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006. This is internationally recognised as a milestone report on the economics of climate change and shifted the global debate.  Ballymore’s Economic study (pg 41) suggests that the developer picks up on the Council’s desire: “To ensure that all new developments within Brentford contribute to the Community Plan goal of a ‘carbon-neutral’ borough and address key environmental issues that exist within the area.” At present the scheme’s environmental proposals are not yet ambitious enough in their contribution to this goal in a town that should be leading the way. Continue reading