Archive for December, 2010

Ealing in top ten for waste reduction

The amount of rubbish being thrown out by residents has dropped by 8% making Ealing one of the top ten performers in the country for reducing waste.

Recent statistics from DEFRA show that each person in the borough is throwing away an average of 31kg less waste than last year – the eighth biggest reduction in the whole country. Because the council pays £88 per tonne in tax to dispose waste in landfill, this reduction in waste has saved the council more than £818,000.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “I’m really encouraged by this news and I would like to thank all residents for playing their part. Reducing household waste is so important, not only does it help to lessen the impact we are having on our environment, but it also saves the council a significant amount of money in landfill tax. This money can be used instead to deliver essential services in the borough. The DEFRA statistics show that in 2009/10 every person in Ealing created 325kg waste – that’s the same weight as four baby elephants.

“Households do produce more waste over the festive season so it is important to think carefully about how this can be reduced and when possible, recycled. By recycling as much as you can, you could also win some money for you local area through our Recycling Rewards competition. Details of this, as well as the Christmas recycling information can be found on our website.”

For more information on recycling and recycling rewards visit: www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling.

To see all the DEFRA figures visit:http://www.defra.gov.uk/evidence/statistics/environment/wastats/bulletin10.htm

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As temperatures remain low and with snow showers predicted today and tomorrow, Ealing Council’s highways team is out, keeping main roads and pavements as clear as possible.

The borough experienced some of the heaviest snowfall in years over the weekend, along with record low temperatures. In the last 48 hours just over 600 tonnes grit has been spread on main routes covering the equivalent of 2550 miles of roads. The council has a good stockpile of grit, to ensure that main roads and pavements are safe during periods of severe weather.

Gritting teams have been out in full force, since Friday afternoon (17 December) spreading grit on primary routes which have been gritted six times and secondary routes five times. Busy footways around stations, hospitals and shopping centres have been gritted twice and staff are currently out gritting them a third time and clearing snow. Primary routes are main roads and major bus routes and secondary routes are commuter routes and roads that link to primary routes.

Refuse and recycling trucks are out and trying to collect waste.  A number of streets may be difficult to access due to the icy conditions, so some collections may not take place. All three Re-use and Recycling Centres are open, as they have been all weekend, and are operating as normal today. All waste, including recyclables, can be disposed of at these sites.

The top floor (roof) of the Springbridge Road multi-story car park is closed due to snow and icy conditions. Permit holders can use all other floors.

The council is asking residents to be good neighbours as the cold weather continues by checking that elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies. Read more about  keeping warm in winter.

The website and the council’s  twitter feed will be regularly updated to give residents further information about council services.

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As temperatures remain low and with potential snowfall predicted over the weekend, Ealing Council’s roads team is on 24-hour standby.

The council has a 3,900 tonne stockpile of grit, to ensure that main roads and pavements are safe during periods of severe weather.

Gritting teams have been out since this afternoon (Friday) spreading grit on primary routes. The current predictions from the met office are for a prolonged period (at least 24 hours) of temperatures below the freezing mark with snow showers.

If snow does settle over the weekend, staff will concentrate on gritting busy footways around stations, hospitals and shopping centres. Officers are keeping a close eye on weather updates to find out when snow is due and the council’s 11 gritters will work around the clock to keep the borough moving.

The council is asking residents to be good neighbours as the cold weather continues by checking that elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies. Read more about  keeping warm in winter.

The website and the council’s twitter feed will be regularly updated to give residents further information about council services.

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Two fly-tippers have been ordered to pay up for their crimes following action by Ealing Council.

At Acton Magistrates Court on 9 December 2010, Shakib Ahmad, former owner of Hanwell Kebab, was found guilty of illegally dumping rubbish in black bags and not using the correct business waste sacks on five occasions. He was ordered to pay £100 for each offence and £500 towards costs, plus a victim surcharge of £15 – a total of £1015.

On the same day at Ealing Magistrates Court, Mr Naran Mepani, owner of Greenford Chemist on Greenford Avenue, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to dispose of waste. A member of staff was caught, on seven different occasions, dumping box loads of cardboard near the front of the shop in the summer. He was fined £1400 and ordered to pay costs of  £736.14, plus a victim surcharge of £15 – making a total of  £2,151.14.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “We are committed to making Ealing a clean place for all our residents. Let this be a clear, unequivocal message, it doesn’t matter if it is black sacks or cardboard – fly-typping will not be tolerated and we will take action against those who choose to ignore the law. Fly-tipping can now be reported 24-hours day, 7-days a week using our Grimebusters hotline. Just pick up the phone and dial 020 8825 8825.”

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Ealing Council has announced it is extending its Christmas tree recycling service by picking up real trees from homes across the borough.

This year, for the first time, residents can leave their Christmas tree – with all decorations removed – out for collection with their normal weekly garden waste recycling collection. If the tree is larger than 6ft in height or its trunk is 20cm in diameter, it needs to be cut in two for collection. They can be left out during January on the usual refuse and recycling collection day (at the front of the property, but not on the pavement where they can cause obstruction). The Christmas trees collected will be turned into compost along with other garden waste collected.

Residents, who live in flats and who don’t have a garden waste recycling service, can also take real Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes to a number of venues across the borough during the month of January. Trees collected from parks will be turned into nutritious compost which will then be mixed with soil and used to make the borough’s parks and open spaces bloom. The three Re-use and Recycling centres will be open as usual (except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) and accept all garden waste, including Christmas trees, for recycling. (more…)

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As temperatures remain low and with snow fall overnight, Ealing Council has put in place emergency plans to deal with the cold weather.

The council started with a 4,300 tonne stock pile of grit, a thousand tonnes more than last year, to ensure that roads and pavements are safe.

Last night and during the early hours of this morning, 110 tonnes of grit were spread on primary and secondary routes. Staff are now concentrating on gritting busy footways around stations, hospitals and shopping centres. Officers are keeping a close eye on weather updates to find out whether more snow is due and the council’s 11 gritters will work around the clock to keep the borough moving.

Refuse and Recycling trucks are out and expect to be able to pick up waste from the majority of homes but a small number of very narrow streets or roads on hills may be difficult to access due to the icy conditions.

The council is asking residents to be good neighbours as the cold weather continues by checking that elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies. Read more about keeping warm in winter.

This website and the council’s twitter  feed will be regularly updated to give residents further information about council services.

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Fly tips, graffiti, who you gonna call? Grimebusters 020 8825 8825

Fly tips, graffiti, who you gonna call? Grimebusters 020 8825 8825

Ealing Council has launched a 24-hour, 7 day a week hotline for reporting cases of fly-tipping, graffiti and emergency cleansing on the borough’s streets.

From 1 December 2010, by simply calling 020 8825 8825 the public can report all of these cases, at any time and the council will aim to deal with it within 24 hours.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “I’m excited about this new service which will mean people can report an issue as soon as they spot it, and we will aim to clear it within 24-hours. You should not have to put up with graffiti and fly-tipping and now you can call our new Grimebusters line at any time.  I know this new service will go even further to making Ealing an even better place to live.”

Emergency cleansing is where unsanitary or potentially harmful material, such as fuel spills or a dead animal is found in a public place.  It does not include standard street litter or missed refuse and recycling collections, which can both still be reported online at www.ealing.gov.uk/services/environment.

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